Dermatology Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania offers care and treatments for medical conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and severe acne. These are conditions that not only cause pain and create other issues for our skin but can also damage self-confidence. We work to find the right solutions for your unique skin so you can get the best results. Our doctors also work to help you prevent and catch life-threatening skin diseases, like skin cancer, before they become a real threat. Whatever your medical needs, we’ve got you covered.
There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Each of these skin cancers is primarily caused by too much exposure to the sun, but genetics may also play a role in increasing your risk for skin cancer.
Skin diseases and cancers are most effectively diagnosed through a biopsy that can be performed in our office and sent to a specialist or lab. For early-stage skin cancers, a biopsy or the surgical removal of the affected area can stop cancer from spreading.
Mohs Surgey (Basal Cell Cancer)
We refer out to a specialist for Mohs Surgery. Please call us for any questions!
Also known as basal cell carcinoma, basal cell cancer (BCC) begins in the basal cells and is one of the most common types of skin cancer, affecting more than three million people every year. Basal cell cancer develops in areas of the skin such as the hands, forearms, neck, and forehead that have been unprotected and exposed to too much sun over the years.
Generally speaking, this type of cancer does not metastasize, but of course, treatment is encouraged as the infection can spread deeper into your skin as time goes on.
Mole removals are common procedures and can be done to remove an unwanted mole for cosmetic reasons or to prevent a mole from developing into a more severe skin disease such as cancer. There are several ways to remove a mole, including:
- Scalpel removal: We will use a scalpel to cut away the mole and surrounding tissue and stitch you up, but you may be left with a small scar depending on the size of the mole.
- Punch biopsy: This procedure uses a specialized punch tool that is placed over the mole and is used to essentially ‘punch’ out the mole and surrounding area, removing it completely.
- Shave biopsy: This procedure uses a razor blade to shave the mole from the skin as well as the surrounding area.