Skin Cancer in Nashville, TN
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What Is Skin Cancer?
There are three main types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Each of these are named according to the skin cell it impacts. Basal cell carcinoma affects the cells at the base of the epidermis. Squamous cell carcinoma affects the cells in the upper layers. Melanoma, the most aggressive skin cancer, targets the pigment cells of the skin. Skin cancer often appears as a black or brown mole. At Brentwood Skin Clinic, we provide our patietns with state-of-the-art skin cancer treatments. For more information about skin cancer or to schedule a skin cancer screening in Nashville, TN contact Dr. Austin Mitchell today.
What Skin Cancer Treatment Am I A Good Candidate For?
The type of skin cancer treatment that you are the best candidate for will depend on the type of skin cancer that you have been diagnosed with by Brentwood Skin Clinic or another healthcare professional. Furthermore, your treatment may also vary based on the location of the skin cancer, your age, and your overall state of health. Usually, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma can be treated with a procedure such as excision, Mohs surgery, electrodesiccation, or cryotherapy if found early. Topical or laser treatments may also be an option for these cancers. If they are advanced, BCC or SCC may require radiation therapy, immunotherapies, or another treatment. Melanoma is usually a more dangerous type of skin cancer and treatments are more likely to include more advanced treatments if the cancer has progressed or is likely to recur.
How Is Skin Cancer Treated?
Treatment for skin cancer will vary depending on the size, location, depth, stage, and form of skin cancer you have. Many of the options we offer at Brentwood SKin Clinic include completely removing the growth as this is the most effective form of treatment. These treatments are performed as an out-patient procedure and utilize local anesthetisa to help you remain comfortable. Some of the common skin cancer treatments we offer include:
- Mohs surgery is a skin cancer treatment that is known for being very effective for a number of types of skin cancer. While this procedure may take a little longer than other treatment methods, it is because the tumor is removed in layers so we can exam each layer under a microscop and check for cancerous cells.
- Surgical excision is often used to treat smaller forms of skin cancer that are easy to reach. We will create horizontal cuts around the skin cancer growth and surrounding tissue to remove cancerous growth. Smaller excisions can be sewen closed; however, we may need to do a skin graft to close larger excisions.
- Laser therapy is usually associated with cosmetic treatments and is generally used to treat actinic keratoses. We may be able to combine this treatment with topical treatments as a way to reduce cancerous or even precancerious lesions.
- Topical treatments, such as gels, creams, and ointments, are used to treat precancerous cells as well as skin cancer. This can be effective for many patients depending on the location, size, and your particular diagnosis. This option will often include a biopsy to ensure it will be an effective form of treatment.
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I came here after a horrible experience with a previous dermatologist. I chose Dr. Mitchell because he had the most and highest reviews, and for good reason. The office is tiny, and therefore very family-oriented and warm. His staff is extremely friendly. I have an extensive family history of skin cancer and therefore have been seeing dermatologists regularly since I was 10 years old. Dr. Mitchell is one of the best.
Very friendly doctor! He did a great job looking over my skin for any potential skin cancer risks, luckily there weren't any, and discussed a few options for cosmetic blemish removals that I asked about.
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Early Detection Is Key
Understanding your risk factors for skin cancer and early detection are two important keys to successful treatment. If you are due for a yearly skin check, then contact Brentwood Skin Clinic in Nashville, TN. Whether you are already seeing dermatologist Dr. Austin Mitchell for cosmetic treatments, are at high risk of getting skin cancer, or have questions about a strange growth on your skin, schedule a skin cancer screening at Brentwood Skin Clinic.
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Skin Cancer FAQs
What are the ABCD's of skin cancer identification?
The ABCD's of skin cancer are four things to look for in identifying a suspicious mole or spot on your skin that may need to be checked for skin cancer. These include Asymmetry, Border, Color, and Diameter. Often, moles or spots of skin cancer present with an irregular size or shape, a blurry edge, a color that is not uniform, and are larger than six millimeters in diameter.
When is a biopsy recommended for skin cancer?
When a mole or spot is identified as suspicious during a skin cancer screening, often a biopsy is recommended. A small sample of the affected skin is taken and sent to a lab for analysis to confirm whether or not cancer is present. Few skin cancers are able to be definitively identified by visual inspection alone.
What are the most common risk factors for skin cancer?
Skin cancer risks can vary for each person according to a variety of factors. The most common risks for skin cancer include: family history, fair skin, red or blonde hair, blue or green eyes, having a large number of moles, skin that freckles or burns easily in the sun, and being older than 65.