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.
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.
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.
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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