Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy in the United States. The three most common types of skin cancer that are seen in the dermatology office are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
The basal cell carcinoma is the most common of these three malignancies but fortunately, the least problematic. Basal cell carcinomas rarely if ever metastasize. On the other hand, the squamous cell carcinoma is of more concern as it does have the ability to metastasize to other organs of the body if left untreated. Lastly, melanoma is the most concerning of the three malignancies because it frequently gives little indication of its existence prior to metastasis.
The vast majority of skin cancers are attributable to excessive ultraviolet light exposure in the form of sunlight and tanning beds. All of these cancers have an excellent prognosis if they are caught early enough. The treatment typically involves the removal of the skin cancer under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting.
Dr. Doppelt utilizes two advanced techniques to detect skin cancer at its earlier stages. One of these methods is called dermascopy where Dr. Doppelt uses a special light source and magnification lens to observe features of lesions which are not visible to the naked eye. Dr. Doppelt also has the option of using computer-aided mole mapping. Using this computer-aided full body photography system, the doctor is able to make comparisons of lesions at varying time intervals. The computer provides assistance by evaluating each lesion and highlighting new lesions or lesions that have changed significantly overtime.
In order to be safe from the threat of skin cancers, the American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology all recommend at least yearly full body skin examinations for patients. Early diagnosis is the most vital aspect in surviving any type of cancer. At Southeastern Dermatology, patients have the luxury and blessing of being cared for by an experienced and qualified dermatologist using the state of the art diagnosis technologies and techniques.