Skin cancer is defined as “the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells, which caused by age or ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds, triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form tumors.” – SkinCancer.org.
Skin cancer can appear as a basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma (the most serious type), each having unique characteristics. The Dermatology Group advises patients to undergo routine skin cancer screenings at regular intervals in order to avoid complications. Early detection and treatment are especially vital to increasing the survival rate of Melanoma.
Treatment options for skin cancer at The Dermatology Group are some of the most medically advanced in the Northeast, including excisional surgery and Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy. Our team will work to ensure you receive the best treatment possible in a caring and compassionate environment.
Photodynamic Blue Light Therapy at The Dermatology Group
Photodynamic Therapy at The Dermatology Group is an FDA-approved laser treatment of pre-cancerous lesions, or actinic keratosis. This revolutionary treatment uses Levulan (5 amino levulinic acid) topical medicine to help clear the skin of any pre-cancerous lesions. Once the topical medicine is applied to the patient’s skin, the patient then waits two hours before sitting under a ‘blue light’ to activate the Levulan. During the 15-minute treatment, the medicine and light work together to destroy any cancer cells in the skin.
After receiving Photodynamic Therapy in New Haven County, patients are required to avoid any direct sunlight for 48-72 hours, during which time the skin begins to peel and removes pre-cancerous cells. The resulting skin is dramatically improved, with the complexion restored to its naturally healthy state.
Frequently Asked Questions About Treating Skin Cancer in New Haven County:
How much sun is too much sun?
Extended exposure to direct sunlight should be avoided as much as possible. Wearing sunblock, hats and other clothing to protect your skin in an important factor to decrease your risk of skin cancer.
Are there other symptoms of skin cancer?
A pigmented patch or bump may likely occur on places where sun is often exposed. These can be smooth, scaly, red, black, pearl-like or appear as a mole, so it is very important to have them looked at by a professional.
How do I know if my growth is cancerous?
A biopsy will be done to determine if your growth is cancerous or not. In the instance that it is, the proper steps for treatment will be discussed.
Is skin cancer curable?
If caught at an early stage, skin cancer is usually curable. However, if no treatments are undergone, skin cancer can worsen and, like all cancers left untreated, can eventually lead to invasive surgery or death.
How can I get started treating my sun cancer at The Dermatology Group in New Haven County?
To learn more about how The Dermatology Group can help treat your skin cancer, schedule your appointment by calling (203) 865-6143 or contact us here.