Skin cancer removal options tailored to your needs in Orchard Park, NY
While skin cancer more often occurs in older adults, it is a potentially deadly disease affecting people of any age or skin type. At Orchard Park Dermatology, we provide skin cancer removal and treatment options tailored to each patient’s individual needs to help achieve the best possible outcomes and minimize scarring.
How to recognize skin cancer
Skin cancer can manifest in various ways depending on the type of skin cancer and how advanced it is. The best way to monitor skin cancer is to see your dermatologist every year for an annual skin check. However, it is necessary to be aware of any potential cancerous changes on your skin between visits. One of the best ways to do this is to use the “ABCDE” rule:
- Asymmetry in the mole or birthmark
- Borders that are ragged, irregular, or blurry
- Color that is not the same throughout the mole or lesion
- Diameter that is larger than a quarter-inch across
- Evolving in shape, size, or color
The above traits are typically best for identifying melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Other skin cancers such as basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell skin cancers can have different appearances. So if you have a spot on your skin that you are unsure about, please don’t hesitate to call your dermatologist to have it checked out!
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Skin cancer removal options
The treatment plan for skin cancer is highly variable based on the type of cancer, how advanced it is, and where it is found on your body. Dr. Accetta may recommend one or more of the following techniques to treat skin cancer:
- Excision of the lesion and surrounding tissue
- Use of liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove the lesion
- Prescription topical medications that stimulate your immune system to eradicate cancer (typically recommended for slow-growing cancers)
- Surgical removal followed by the use of electrical current to kill the remaining cancer cells (called “curettage and desiccation”)
- Mohs micrographic surgery by a Mohs surgeon that we refer you to
- Radiation therapy for hard-to-treat locations or advanced/persistent lesions
If you have a suspicious lesion, seeking a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible can make a big difference in your long-term outcome. Call Orchard Park Dermatology today at (716) 675-7000 to schedule your appointment at our Orchard Park, NY practice!
Dr. Peter Accetta is dedicated to developing and preserving his patients' skin's health and brightness. Dr. Accetta is a dermatological board-certified physician who graduated from Fordham University and the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine. He is a member of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.
He likes all facets of dermatological practice, but he is particularly interested in general dermatologic therapy and skin cancer care. He specializes in photodynamic therapies.
When you put your trust in Dr. Accetta and his staff, you can expect prompt attention to your requirements, competence, experience, and real compassion.
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