Red in the face from not wearing SPF this summer? You should be! Luckily, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs Skin Cancer Surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Mark can tell you the signs of real damage to your skin from the summer sun. Below are a few tips from Dr. Mark of what to look for after the summer and how to treat it:
- Learn Your ABCs: Signs of skin cancer: Dr. Mark can educate your readers on what problem signs to look for in moles – the A, B, C, D rule:
- Border Irregularity
- Color change or dark or multicolor
- Diameter greater than 5-6 mm’
- Don’t hack it: If you do find a troublesome spot, visiting an unqualified dermatologist can be just dangerous as a mole. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and should be treated with both the finest cosmetic and medical care. Dr. Mark can talk about what to look for when choosing a dermatologist—whether for medical or cosmetic procedures, and why it’s so crucial to choose wisely
- Treating Skin Cancer – What is Mohs Surgery: Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment procedure for skin cancer available today. With the Mohs technique, physicians are able to see beyond the visible disease, to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor layer by layer while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. As the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, it minimizes the chance of re-growth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement. The Mohs technique is also the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas as it relies on the accuracy of a microscopic surgical procedure to trace the edges of the cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors down to the roots during the initial surgery.
- Downtime: Local anesthesia is administered around the area of the tumor so the patient is awake during the entire procedure.
- Shedding the light on Skin cancer: As an expert in Moh’s skin cancer surgery, Dr. Mark can advise readers on how to avoid the risks through various lifestyle choices and how to treat different stages with the most effective and least invasive procedures