Skin Cancer Screening in Wichita Falls, TX
You’ve had moles and freckles all your life, so you may not think too much about watching them, let alone tracking them for changes; however, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately one in five Americans will develop skin cancer over their lifetime. Turning to our team once a year for a comprehensive skin cancer screening is crucial for early cancer detection.
Did you know that everyone, regardless of risk, should be getting a skin cancer screening from a qualified dermatologist? These annual screenings allow our team to monitor any changes in moles or skin lesions that could be signs of cancer. We can also biopsy tissue that looks suspicious and catch skin cancer early through these evaluations. Screenings only take a few minutes but could save your life.
What to Look for
Between these annual screenings, you should also be checking your skin every month to look for any changes in moles, from new moles that you’ve never seen before to moles that might be changing shape, color or size. Our team should also evaluate moles that bleed, crust or are painful. Pay attention to dry, scaly areas and areas that seem to cycle through bleeding, scabbing, and healing without complete resolution.
Treating Your Skin Cancer
There are many ways our dermatologists can treat your skin cancer. The treatment plan we create for you will be based on certain factors such as the type of skin cancer and its aggressive nature, the size of the growth, the location of the lesion, your age, and your overall health. The most common types of skin cancer treatment can include:
- Surgical Excision
- Surgical Destruction
- Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) (non-surgical approach to non-melanoma skin cancers)
- Photodynamic therapy featuring Ameluz and Blu-light (pre-cancer and some superficial skin cancers)
- Radiation Therapy
Now offering NON-SURGICAL Skin Cancer Treatment: Superficial Radiation Therapy
While many surgical procedures are used to treat skin cancer, we know offer a non-surgical alternative to surgical excision and Mohs. Our Superficial Radiation Therapy option provides effective treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers with no down time and great efficacy. This is especially a great treatment option for our older population that does not require any cutting, wound care, or pre-surgical stoppage of anticoagulants. Ask if this is an option to treat your basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma!