Skin Cancer Screening & Treatment

Skin Cancer Screening & Treatment

At The Dermatology Clinic, our team of dermatologists have over six decades of experience in treating all types of skin cancer in Salem, Oregon and Wilsonville, Oregon. From melanoma to squamous cell carcinoma to basal cell carcinoma, our team of knowledgable doctors have the ability to provide the early diagnosis and critical treatment needed to ensure a healthy and safe recovery.

Skin Cancer Examinations: As easy as A-B-C-D

Over one million Americans receive a skin cancer diagnosis for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or malignant melanoma each year. In fact, there are more new cases of skin cancer each year in the U.S. than breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer combined. In over 90 percent of cases, these types of cancers will develop on areas of the skin that receive frequent exposure to the sun such as the face, neck, ears, forearms, and hands. Early detection through regular examinations and avoiding ultraviolet rays are your best defense against skin cancer.

What to Look For:

A: Asymmetrical Shape.
Asymmetrical Shape A:
A benign mole is not asymmetrical. If you draw a line through the middle of the mole, both side will match, which means the mole is symmetrical. Potentially cancerous moles by contrast are asymmetrical, meaning that the two halves of the mole will not match when compared side-by-side.
B: Irregular Border
Irregular Border B:
A benign mole will feature smooth, even boarders. In contrast, the boarder of early stage melanoma will often appear uneven, with the edges that are notched or jutted.
C: Changes in Color
Changes in Color C:
The majority of benign moles are one consistent color. Moles that appear to have a variety of mismatching colors are potentially troublesome and should be examined.
D: Diameter
Diameter D:
Benign moles typically have a smaller diameter than malignant ones. Melanomas typically have a larger diameter – bigger than the tip of an eraser on a pencil – later in development, but may initially appear small when first detected.

The Most Effective Skin Cancer treatment

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a state-of-the-art treatment for skin cancer where the physician serves as both surgeon and pathologist. The Mohs technique removes skin cancer from the surface all the way down to its roots, while leaving healthy tissue unharmed.

Of all types of treatment for skin cancer, Mohs Micrographic Surgery offers the highest cure rate, even in cases where patients have already undergone cancer treatment. Mohs treatment also offers the lowest chance of regrowth, minimizes the potential for scarring and disfigurement, and is the most exact and precise means of skin cancer removal.

At the Dermatology Clinic in Salem, Michael E. Goodenberger, M.D. has been performing Mohs Micrographic Surgery since 1992.

Samuel F. Bremmer, M.D. began performing Mohs Micrographic Surgery at the Dermatology Clinic in Wilsonville when it opened in 2017.

Both Dr. Goodenberger and Dr. Bremmer are certified Mohs Fellows with the American Society for Mohs surgery.

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