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Skin cancer is diagnosed by physical examination and a procedure called a skin biopsy. A biopsy is a quick and simple procedure where your dermatologist removes part (or all) of a suspicious spot, and sends it to a laboratory to be examined under the microscope. The results may take 1-2 weeks. After diagnosis, your dermatologist will discuss with you the best treatment options considering your age and general health, the type and size of cancer, where it is on your body and your personal preferences.

Skin cancer treatments include:

Excision, refers to the surgical removal or cutting out of a tissue, organ, or lesion from the body. This procedure is commonly used for various purposes, including the removal of tumors, cysts, moles, or other abnormal growths. Excisions are performed by healthcare professionals, such as surgeons or dermatologists, in a controlled and sterile environment.

Mohs surgery

Mohs surgery is a specialized and highly precise surgical procedure primarily used for the removal of certain types of skin cancers, particularly basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. This technique is known for its high cure rates and tissue-sparing approach, making it especially suitable for skin cancers in aesthetically sensitive areas or with ill-defined borders. We do not currently have a Mohs surgeon on staff and will refer you out if the surgery is deemed necessary. 

Topical creams

Topical creams are pharmaceutical or cosmetic formulations applied directly to the skin's surface for various purposes, including treating medical conditions, managing symptoms, or improving the skin's appearance. These creams are designed to be absorbed through the skin, allowing the active ingredients to exert their effects locally. Topical creams come in a variety of formulations, each tailored to address specific skin conditions or concerns.

Electrodesiccation and Curettage

Electrodesiccation and curettage (ED&C) is a medical procedure commonly used for the removal of certain types of skin lesions, particularly benign growths or precancerous lesions. This method is commonly used for the removal of superficial skin lesions, especially those on the face and neck. It may not be suitable for all types of skin lesions, and the choice of treatment depends on factors such as the size, type, and location of the lesion, as well as the patient's overall health.

Photodynamic therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a medical treatment that uses a photosensitizing agent (a light-sensitive drug) and specific light wavelengths to target and treat various conditions, including certain types of cancers and skin conditions. PDT is a minimally invasive procedure that is often employed for superficial lesions.

To learn more about the dermatologic conditions that we treat, call our office at (435) 602-1918 to request an appointment, or request one online.

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