Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is an all too prevalent disease, and early detection is one of the most important steps in preventing and treating it effectively. The physicians at DermSurgery Associates perform skin cancer screenings across Greater Houston, TX, to help men and women monitor existing concerns and determine the best approach for treatment if necessary.

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What Is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is a condition in which a malignant cell grows unchecked in a disorganized fashion, disrupting and replacing normal tissues and their functions, much like weeds overgrowing a garden. There are three main forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

What Is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment-producing cells in the skin, known as melanocytes. Normal melanocytes reside in the outer layer of the skin and produce the brown pigment melanin, which is responsible for the color of our skin. Melanoma describes melanocytes that become cancerous, grow, and invade other tissues.

Is Skin Cancer Curable?

Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are highly curable. Melanoma is also curable when detected early, but can be fatal if allowed to progress and spread. Our doctors perform Mohs surgery to remove cancer cells from the skin and greatly minimize the likelihood of them growing back.

Why Are Skin Cancer Screenings Important?

Skin cancer screenings and regular mole checks give your dermatologist the opportunity to locate, diagnose, and treat any occurrences of skin cancer as early as possible, minimizing the chance of dangerous progression.

What Happens During a Skin Cancer Screening?

During these appointments, your dermatologist will discuss considerations such as your family’s medical history to assess your risk for developing skin cancer. He or she will also examine any existing concerns and test them to determine a diagnosis if necessary.

If you would like to schedule a skin cancer screening, please call one of our specialists at a location near you.

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