Skin Cancer Q&A
What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is most often caused by exposure to harmful ultraviolet light, usually from spending too much time in the sun. Skin cancer can also be caused by skin exposure to harmful toxins or chemicals.
How Yearly Screenings Can Help Prevent Skin Cancer
Yearly screenings from our dermatologists at A to Z Dermatology can help detect changes early. You can reach them in any of their five convenient office locations in Chandler, Mesa, Sun City, Casa Grande, or Gold Canyon, AZ. Yearly skin cancer screenings are important for everyone, especially people who are at high risk of skin cancer.
Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
You are at increased risk of developing skin cancer if you:
● Are fair-skinned and have freckles
● Sunburn quickly and severely
● Have a family history of skin cancer
Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer
During your yearly skin cancer screening, our dermatologist will look for abnormal areas of skin tissue and moles which are:
● Poorly defined, with ragged borders
● Asymmetrical, with an irregular shape
● Large, with a diameter of 6 millimeters or more
● Recurring, and grown back after the previous removal
● Itching, oozing, or bleeding
What Happens After Your Screening
If our dermatologist identifies a potentially abnormal mole or area of tissue, the area can be removed and a biopsy performed. Mohs micrographic surgery is an excellent option to examine potentially abnormal tissue. For a less invasive option, the dermatology team at A to Z Dermatology offers IG SRT.
What You Need To Know About Mohs Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is used to remove and examine areas of tissue under a special microscope. Tissue is removed, one layer at a time and each layer is examined under the microscope for the presence of abnormal cells. Tissue removal continues until normal cells are found. Mohs micrographic surgery provides excellent, aesthetically pleasing results because only abnormal cells are removed, not the surrounding tissue.
What You Need to Know About IG SRT
The dermatology team at A to Z Dermatology offers revolutionary Image Guided SRT or IG SRT as a non-surgical cancer treatment. IG SRT uses low levels of X-ray energy to kill cancer cells and allow normal tissue to grow back in its place.
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Want To Know More?
To find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, including Mohs surgery and IG SRT, talk with the experts. Call the dermatologists at A to Z Dermatology. You can reach them in any of their five convenient office locations in Chandler, Mesa, Sun City, Casa Grande, or Gold Canyon, AZ, by calling (480) 982-3337, so call today.