Skin Cancer Los Angeles
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States today. Every year, more than 60,000 people are diagnosed with melanomas, and another two million are diagnosed with other types of skin cancer. One out of every five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives. Skin cancer cannot always be recognized simply by looking at it. Dr. Ghasri, our expert in skin cancer in Los Angeles, recommends routine comprehensive skin cancer checks and checkups to further evaluate any sores, moles or other spots that are asymmetrical, bleeding, irregular in shape, changing shape, larger than the size of a pencil eraser or changing. When diagnosed early, skin cancer is extremely treatable.
The most common types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas. These can appear quite differently and may be easily attributed to dry patches, eczema or other minor skin conditions. Dr. Ghasri, our Los Angeles skin cancer expert, can identify the mole, sore or area of irregularity and recommend an appropriate treatment regimen.
Los Angeles Skin Cancer
If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, surgery may be necessary. Surgical excision, electrodessication and curettage, cryosurgery or Mohs micrographic surgery may be options depending on the type and extent of the cancer. Some types of skin cancer may require further treatment to reduce your risks. We may recommend topical ointments, photodynamic therapy or radiation therapy. Dr. Peyman, our expert in skin cancer in Los Angeles, can help you explore your options and understand the benefits and potential risks of each treatment.
While regular dermatological checks are important, self-checks are just as important. Monitor your skin regularly for any signs of changes. If you notice a sore that does not heal, a new spot or mole or an existing mole that seems to be changing, further evaluation with Dr. Ghasri, our Los Angeles skin cancer expert, is essential. Additionally, the CDC recommends that you avoid tanning beds and sun lamps, and wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear clothes and sunglasses with added UV protection.
Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Peyman Ghasri, our Los Angeles dermatologist.