Experienced skin cancer surgery in Orchard Park, NY
Though skin cancer has become common, affecting several million people in the U.S. annually, it cannot be taken lightly. Most often surgery is the most appropriate treatment option, and patients in the Orchard Park, NY area have access to experienced care at Orchard Park Dermatology.
About 4.3 million cases of basal cell carcinoma are diagnosed annually in this country. It is the most treatable type, and rarely fatal (although it can cause significant disfiguration). Squamous cell carcinoma is more serious, as it can metastasize to lymph nodes. Melanoma is the gravest form of skin cancer, expected to be responsible for the deaths of more than 7,000 Americans in 2019.
Melanoma can be characterized by:
- Pain, tenderness, or itching.
- Changes in texture or oozing or bleeding.
- A sore that resists healing.
- Swelling, redness, or pigment that extends beyond the lesion’s borders.
- Dark spots on the iris, blurred vision, or partial loss of sight (ocular melanoma).
With early detection, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment, the prognosis is generally excellent. Your best defense is an annual full body screening performed by a skilled clinician, monthly self-checks, and daily sun protection.
What to expect from skin cancer surgery in Orchard, Park, NY
Excisional surgery is performed on site at Orchard Park Dermatology. You remain comfortable with local numbing, while Dr. Accetta uses a scalpel to remove the entire cancerous lesion, along with a border of surrounding tissue as a safety margin. Depending on the size of the site, it may be closed with sutures or bandaged. Excised tissues are examined by a lab to be sure cancerous cells are eradicated. For lesions discovered and excised at an early stage, generally no further treatment is required.
If you have a suspicious spot, please do not wait another day! Call (716) 675-7000 to schedule an appointment.