Surgical Dermatology

457206249Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Each year more than two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer. If found early Skin cancer can be successfully treated. Here are some other facts you might not know about skin cancer: Information found at www.skincancerprevention.org.

  • More people were diagnosed with skin cancer in 2009 than with breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined.
  • About 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.
  • One American dies of melanoma almost every hour.
  • Melanoma is one of the few cancers that continues to have an increasing number of cases each year.
  • Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults (15-29 years old).
  • For people born in 2005, 1 in 52 will be diagnosed with melanoma- nearly 30 times higher than for people born in 1930.

Mohs Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment procedure for skin cancer available today. The procedure is performed by specially trained surgeons. Initially developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, the Mohs procedure is a state-of-the-art treatment. With the Mohs technique, Dr. Hall and Dr. Fenster precisely identify and remove your tumor layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. Mohs procedure provides the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, significantly reducing thechance of re-growth and lessening the potential for scarring or disfigurement.

Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99 percent. The Mohs technique is also the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas as it relies on the accuracy of a microscopic surgical procedure to trace the edges of the cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors down to the roots during the initial surgery.

Photodynamic Therapy
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) Photodynamic therapy or PDT is a treatment that uses special drugs, called photosensitizing agents, along with light to kill cancer cells. The drugs work after they have been activated by a special kind of light.

The photosensitizing agent is applied to your skin by our staff. You will then wait for one hour as the drug is absorbed by the cancer cells. Then light is applied to the area to be treated. The light causes the drug to react with oxygen, which forms a chemical that kills the cells.