Skin Cancer Treatments
By Feinstein Dermatology
July 11, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

The skin is a very large organ that stretches across every inch of your body, providing protection, absorption of nutrients, release or skin cancerperspiration, and aesthetic appeal. It is also vulnerable to environmental threats, particularly the sun’s harsh UV rays. Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancer, but fortunately, treatment in its earliest stages is often straightforward. At Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, FL, a treatment called Mohs micrographic surgery has helped numerous patients.

Possible Signs of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer often develops in a mole, mark, sore, or growth on the skin. The cells begin to change the appearance, shape, and color of the mole or growth. Keep these questions in mind when examining bumps, marks, or moles on the skin:

- Is it asymmetrical (one side is different in shape from the other side)?
- Is the border irregular?
- Has the color changed or is it multi-colored?
- Has the size (diameter) changed recently?
- Does the mole seem to be evolving in any other way, such as becoming painful, irritated, or swollen?

Skin Cancer Treatment
Doctors encourage regular skin exams at home because the abnormal cells can usually be treated conservatively the earlier they are diagnosed. A modern treatment option offered at Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach is called Mohs micrographic surgery. After the skin growth is clearly defined, it is removed one layer at a time. Using a special dye, the doctor can see all cancerous tissue and continue to remove affected layers until it’s completely gone. The procedure is done in the office using local anesthesia. 

Protecting Your Skin
Skin cancer is most often caused by too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It’s common in patients who often visit very hot vacation locations and spend a lot of time outdoors. Remember these tips on how to protect your skin:

- Purchase a large floppy hat that gives your face, neck, and upper torso shade when you’re outdoors. Also, invest in a good pair of UV resistant sunglasses.
- Wear the sunscreen formula recommended by your skin doctor.
- Know the risk factors for skin cancer, which include having a pale complexion, a family history of the condition, and the use of tanning beds.

Seek Treatment
Call Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, FL at 1.888.357.DERM today to schedule an initial visit with Dr. Brian Feinstein or Dr. Bridgit Nolan.