According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 people develop skin cancer by the age of 70. However, if it is detected in the early stages, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99%. Dr. Anthony S. Dee is a dermatologist at the Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Clarence, NY where he provides treatments for skin cancer.
Types of Skin Cancer
- Basal cell carcinoma: The most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma looks like scars or sores.
- Melanoma: The most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma looks like a misshapen mole.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: This type of skin cancer affects the upper layer of the skin. Typically, it has the appearance of crusty or scabby patches on inflamed skin.
Treating Skin Cancer
Buffalo residents have the following treatment options for skin cancer:
- Cryosurgery: This non-invasive procedure involves the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove skin cancer tumors on the skin’s surface. It is typically used to treat pre-cancerous lesions.
- Mohs surgery: This procedure has a 98% success rate for the treatment of squamous and basal skin cancer. A dermatologist will remove the cancer tumor one layer at a time while being careful to preserve the surrounding healthy tissue.
- Radiation therapy: Using high-powered beams of radiation energy, radiation therapy is a valuable option when tumors cannot be completely removed by surgery.
- Chemotherapy: This treatment uses a combination of drugs to combat cancer. If skin cancer is confined to the upper layer of the skin, chemotherapy agents can be applied topically.
- Radiotherapy: This is a relatively new procedure for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers. The non-invasive procedure involves the use of high-frequency ultrasound to destroy skin cancer.
If you live in or around Clarence, NY, and would like to find out more about skin cancer treatments, contact Dr. Dee at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment.