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Skin Cancer Surgery

Nita Patel, MD -  - Dermatologist

Advance Dermatology & Laser Medical Center, Inc

Nita Patel, MD

Dermatologist located in Marina Del Rey, CA

Dr. Nita Patel has extensive training and experience in performing skin cancer surgery for patients in and around Los Angeles, and most procedures can be performed right in her office at Advance Dermatology & Laser Medical Center, located in Marina del Rey, California.

Skin Cancer Surgery Q & A

Skin Cancer Surgery Marina Del Rey

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

The most common types of skin cancer present as skin growths or lesions that are oddly shaped or colored, or as sores that refuse to heal. Not all skin cancers look the same, and their appearance can change over time. Skin cancers can occur on any part of the body – even parts that are not exposed to the sun, which is why having regular skin cancer screenings is vitally important to ensure cancers are detected, no matter where they occur.

How will Dr. Patel diagnose skin cancer?

Dr. Patel performs comprehensive skin cancer screenings to detect cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. First, Dr. Patel will perform a screening, examining your entire body for lesions or other signs that could indicate an early stage cancer, including precancerous lesions – growths that will likely turn into cancer in the future. When a suspicious lesion is found, Dr. Patel will take a small tissue sample or biopsy. That sample will be carefully examined under a microscope to check for cancerous cells. 

What types of treatment will Dr. Patel provide if it is determined I have skin cancer?

Dr. Patel uses the most advanced surgical techniques to remove skin cancer, leaving as small a scar as possible while also being sure to remove the entire cancerous growth. Before surgery begins, Dr. Patel will carefully plan the approach to ensure the best possible outcome. Once the lesion is removed, the margins, or edges, of the lesion will be carefully examined to ensure all the cancerous cells have been completely removed. 

What can I do to prevent skin cancer?

Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, avoid direct exposure to the sun during peak hours (typically from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and have regular skin cancer screenings.

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