Skin Cancer Screening & Treatment in Dayton, Ohio

Ohio Skin Center, Treating Melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) in Dayton

When it comes to keeping your skin safe, healthy and beautiful, Dr. Rishi Gandhi puts your skin health first. He’s fellowship-trained in Mohs Micrographic and Reconstructive Surgery, making him the best choice for treating, removing and repairing skin affected by skin cancer.

His newly renovated modern facility has surgery suites equipped with cutting-edge technology to diagnose and treat cancers at any stage, including squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas and melanoma.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer among men and women. And while physicians know some of the causes, the best way to prevent skin cancer is early detection through proper yearly screening and reducing UV exposure.

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Skin cancer screening

Proper skin cancer screening includes a yearly full-body skin check with your board-certified dermatologist. Dermatologists use a tool called a dermatoscope to examine moles and lesions on areas of your body you can and can not see, like your scalp and upper back. You can help by identifying and monitoring any moles that have changed shape or color.

Common types of skin cancer

Melanoma

70-80% of melanomas appear on normal-looking skin. Melanoma is less common than squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma but is the most serious form of skin cancer.

When detected early, melanoma has a very good survival rate, but it can be hard to detect with a dermatologist's help.

Melanomas appear in moles of different sizes and shapes and dermatologists recommend using the ABCDE method to recognize suspicious moles or growths on the skin.

A- ASYMMETRY: Look for moles that are asymmetrical or uneven if you drew a line down the middle.

B- BORDER: Most normal moles have even borders and are round or oval. Melanoma moles look more irregular and have scalloped, notched or undefined edges.

C- COLOR: Moles with uneven coloring are concerning. Keep an eye for shades of blue, black, red, white or pink.

D- DIAMETER: Melanoma moles continue to grow. If you see a mole changing size or is ¼ inch or larger, it’s cause for concern.

E- EVOLVING: Melanoma moles change in size, shape and color. Be on the lookout.

Treatment for melanomas includes excisional surgery, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, chemotherapy or radiation.

Melanoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Squamous cell carcinomas occur in the top layer of skin and are caused by UV exposure or other triggers that cause abnormal skin cell growth. They often look like scaly red patches, open sores with a scaly crust, a rough patch of skin that turns to a sore or a red wart-like bump.

Squamous cell carcinomas grow aggressively but respond well to treatment.

SCCs most commonly appear on sun-exposed areas like the face, neck, ears, scalp and hands.

Treatments for squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) include excisional surgery, Mohs surgery, cryosurgery, curettage or electrosurgery, laser surgery, radiation, photodynamic therapy (PDT) and topical medications.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Caused by UV sun exposure, basal cell carcinomas are usually found on the ears, scalp, face, neck, shoulders and back.

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and can cause disfiguration if not treated early.

Like other skin cancers, basal cell carcinomas are identified by open sores that don’t seem to heal, red scaly patches, shiny nodules or wart-like bumps or an area of skin that looks shiny and pulled tight like a scar.

Treatment options for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) include cryosurgery, Mohs surgery, radiation, photodynamic therapy, laser surgery, curettage or electrosurgery, topical medications and oral medications.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Skin cancer treatments available at Ohio Skin Center in Dayton

Freezing / Cryosurgery (Liquid Nitrogen)

Cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen is used to freeze precancers called actinic keratoses. It’s a quick and mildly painful procedure. Actinic Keratoses, if left untreated, may turn into skin cancer.

Curettage or Electrosurgery

Skin cancer cells are scraped or shaved away and the remaining cancer cells are killed with a heated instrument or a topical agent.

Excisional Surgery

Your dermatologic surgeon removes the entire skin cancer.

MOHS Micrographic Surgery

Removal of cancerous skin one layer at a time. An intricate surgical procedure designed to preserve surrounding healthy tissue.

Topical Medications

Topical medications applied to the skin activate the immune system and attack the cancerous skin cells.

If you have skin concerns, notice mole changes or have rough patches of skin or sore that won’t heal, don’t hesitate. Call today to book an appointment with Dr. Gandhi at Ohio Skin Center in Dayton.