Have skin cancer? You aren’t alone
It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Luckily, with early detection, skin cancer is highly treatable. From total body skin exams to Mohs surgery, we have options that can help.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer develops when damaged cells begin to grow and divide uncontrollably. As the damaged cells divide, they form a tumor. The three main types of skin cancer are: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), which is slow-growing and rarely spreads to other parts of the body, Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) which has a moderate chance of spreading to other parts of the body and Melanoma which has a high risk for spreading to the lymph nodes and internal organs if not caught early.
What causes skin cancer?
Skin cancers result from damage to DNA in skin cells. This damage can be caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation found in sunlight and tanning beds. It is important to always use sunscreen and take the right precautions to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. If there is a family history of skin cancer or a weakened immune system, you may have an increased risk for skin cancer.
What are the signs of skin cancer?
Signs and symptoms of skin cancers can vary, but one of the first and most obvious indicators is an unusual skin growth, bump, or sore that does not disappear after four weeks. Paying attention to changes in your skin is the best way to stay on top of abnormalities and growths that could use the attention of a specialist.Book an Appointment Now
- Any skin lesion that grows larger and turns pearly, translucent, brown, black, or multi-colored
- Any open sore or wound that does not heal, persists for more than four weeks, or heal and later reopens
- Any skin spot growth that continues to itch, hurt, crust over, form a scab, erode, or bleed for several weeks
What is the treatment for skin cancer?
If you notice an abnormal skin growth, get it checked out by a dermatologist immediately. A biopsy could be required to determine a diagnosis. Treatment will depend on the type, location and severity of the skin cancer. Your doctor will walk you through your options and help you decide on a treatment plan.
- Surgical removal of tumor including Mohs surgery
- Curettage and electrodessication
- Radiotherapy and Topical Chemotherapy
Cutting-edge treatment for skin cancer
Our dermatologists are well-versed in the types of skin cancers and the treatment options available. For more difficult cases, we have fellowship trained surgeons that can perform Mohs Micrographic Surgery* which involves removing affected tissue and leaving cancer-free tissue intact thus minimizing the scar as well as the risk for recurrences. For high-risk areas of the body, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the number one way to remove skin cancer tumors that may have formed invisible “roots”.
*Only available at select locations. Contact us to find out which locations have offer Mohs surgery.
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Dr. Carol A. Trakimas
Dr. Carol A. Trakimas is a board-certified Dermatologist with 20 years’ of experience. In addition to her Doctorate in Medicine, she holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in science. Dr. Trakimas completed her internship and residency training at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, where she provided medical and dermatology care to our troops and their families. Dr. Trakimas is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and member of the North Carolina Dermatology Association and other medical societies.
Location: Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Raleigh – North RaleighBOOK NOW
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Tarsha Rivens, PA-C
Tarsha Rivens is a board certified Physician Assistant with eight years of experience, who specializes in acne, eczema, scalp issues and addressing hair loss. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Augustine’s College and a Master’s Degree from East Carolina University, where she focused on Physician Assistant Studies. She is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistant, as well as the American Academy of Physician Assistant. It is Tarsha’s passion to provide compassionate, thoughtful, and in-depth dermatology evaluations to patients with a wide variety of skin maladies.
Location: Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Raleigh – CaryBOOK NOW
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