Skin Cancer Screening

Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S affecting millions of patients each year. There are many different types of skin cancers, fortunately most are easily treated in the dermatology office when diagnosed early. Skin cancer can happen to anyone, however it is more common in patients with fair skin and history of significant sun exposure like tanning, tanning beds, and sunburns.

Types of Skin Cancer:


Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and often starts as a “pimple-like” pink pearly bumps that do not resolve with treatment. Basal Cell Skin Cancer is unlikely to spread beyond the skin, but can get larger, bleed, hurt, and destroy surrounding tissue.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma often starts as a red scaly patch or a red scaly itchy and/ or painful bump. When caught early, Squamous Cell Skin Cancer is very treatable however it does have the ability to spread beyond the skin at later stages.

Melanoma is one of the most deadly skin cancers. It can begin as a new spot or an existing mole that starts to change. Melanoma is most common in White people with 1 in 38 diagnosed during their lifetime. However, melanoma can occur in all skin types including Black and Hispanic patients. Although potentially deadly, melanoma is curable when caught early.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Dr. Menon and Dr. Tracey utilize dermoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Dermoscopy is a type of handheld epiluminescense microscopy. This allows the doctors to see a deeper pattern of pigment and blood vessels in a skin lesion and helps with the accuracy of diagnosis of skin cancer and rashes.

Actinic Keratosis

 “AK’s” are red, scaly pre-cancers that occur in areas of sun damage. If untreated, some will progress to skin cancer.

Diagnosis & Treatment

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