Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and it’s important for all of us to be aware of the symptoms of skin cancer, and what we can do to prevent it. Here at the Dermatology Consultants at Short Hills, Dr. Lin, Dr. Farley-Loftus, and their staff of board certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer in Livingston.
Skin cancer is caused primarily by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Prevention — such as using sunblock, wearing a hat and avoiding excessive exposure to UV rays — is the first line of defense against skin cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment is the second line of defense. Regular skin cancer screening, a systematic evaluation performed by a dermatologist near you to identify suspicious lesions, can identify signs of skin cancer in its earliest stages. If a skin cancer is diagnosed, a dermatologist will recommend a treatment plan based on the size, type, and location of the cancer. Options for treatments of skin cancer range from topical medications to Mohs surgery. Radiation and chemotherapy may be recommended in conjunction with Mohs surgery.
Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer
Mohs surgery, or Mohs micrographic surgery, is used to treat basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell skin cancer. In this procedure the skin cancer is removed layer by layer until no cancer cells remain. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and usually followed by meticulous stitching and repair of the site of the operation. Mohs surgery is considered the most effective skin cancer treatment, and has the added benefit of sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.
Skin cancer that remains untreated can metastasize, or turn malignant, and spread throughout the body. For this reason prevention, diagnosis and rapid treatment of skin cancer lesions is essential. If you have concerns about a lesion on your skin or other dermatological issue, seek medical advice immediately. If you live in Essex or Morris Counties or anywhere in northern New Jersey, call or email the Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lin or Dr. Farley-Loftus or Dr. Vuong.