Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancer and are referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers. These usually occur in sun-exposed areas including the face, ears, scalp, neck and hand. While generally they spread very slowly, if left untreated they may involve surgical removals, which may be disfiguring.


Basal Cell Carcinoma


Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis are precancerous lesions that are commonly found on sun-damaged skin. These are more common in people with fair skin and occur more often in people over the age of 40.  Approximately 10{256d1e8b25b48cb3fd52c7e6d99f62cf8e092061094cd35cb21cca3f2ac29e6e} of actinic keratosis can progress on to become invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Actinic keratosis can be treated in a variety of different ways including using liquid nitrogen, with topical creams and with light therapy. At Dermatology Services, we offer BLU-U PDT  photodynamic treatment as an option in the treatment of actinic keratosis.

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. It can occur anywhere on the body, but its most common locations include the upper back, trunk, lower legs, and neck. Early detection is critical because it can commonly spread to the lymph nodes and internal organs. It is very important to recognize any new, rapidly growing lesion or lesions that bleed or have changed in color as these could be early warning signs of melanoma or other skin cancers.

People who are at the highest risk for developing skin cancer are those who are fair skinned and have light hair and eyes and have had exposure to ultraviolet radiation either outside or from indoor tanning. Risk factors for melanoma include: fair skin, greater than 50 moles or large or atypical moles, a family history of melanoma and a history of melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer.


Malignant Melanoma



The providers at Dermatology Services are experienced at performing skin exams for skin cancer screening. Early detection of pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions and removal is important to avoid complications in the future. If you have a suspicious looking mole, changing mole, or a lesion you are concerned about, call our office to schedule an appointment to have it examined. We always welcome new patients.