Have skin cancer? You aren’t alone
It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Luckily, with early detection, skin cancer is highly treatable. From total body skin exams to Mohs surgery, we have options that can help.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer develops when damaged cells begin to grow and divide uncontrollably. As the damaged cells divide, they form a tumor. The three main types of skin cancer are: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), which is slow-growing and rarely spreads to other parts of the body, Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) which has a moderate chance of spreading to other parts of the body and Melanoma which has a high risk for spreading to the lymph nodes and internal organs if not caught early.
What causes skin cancer?
Skin cancers result from damage to DNA in skin cells. This damage can be caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation found in sunlight and tanning beds. It is important to always use sunscreen and take the right precautions to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. If there is a family history of skin cancer or a weakened immune system, you may have an increased risk for skin cancer.
What are the signs of skin cancer?
Signs and symptoms of skin cancers can vary, but one of the first and most obvious indicators is an unusual skin growth, bump, or sore that does not disappear after four weeks. Paying attention to changes in your skin is the best way to stay on top of abnormalities and growths that could use the attention of a specialist.Book an Appointment Now
- Any skin lesion that grows larger and turns pearly, translucent, brown, black, or multi-colored
- Any open sore or wound that does not heal, persists for more than four weeks, or heal and later reopens
- Any skin spot growth that continues to itch, hurt, crust over, form a scab, erode, or bleed for several weeks
What is the treatment for skin cancer?
If you notice an abnormal skin growth, get it checked out by a dermatologist immediately. A biopsy could be required to determine a diagnosis. Treatment will depend on the type, location and severity of the skin cancer. Your doctor will walk you through your options and help you decide on a treatment plan.
- Surgical removal of tumor including Mohs surgery
- Curettage and electrodessication
- Radiotherapy and Topical Chemotherapy
Cutting-edge treatment for skin cancer
Our dermatologists are well-versed in the types of skin cancers and the treatment options available. For more difficult cases, we have fellowship trained surgeons that can perform Mohs Micrographic Surgery* which involves removing affected tissue and leaving cancer-free tissue intact thus minimizing the scar as well as the risk for recurrences. For high-risk areas of the body, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the number one way to remove skin cancer tumors that may have formed invisible “roots”.
*Only available at select locations. Contact us to find out which locations have offer Mohs surgery.
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Dr. Ronea Chambers
Ronea Chambers, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist. She received her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She completed her internship in internal medicine while serving in the U.S. Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, in the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. After completion of dermatology residency training at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Dr. Chambers continued her military service as Chief of the Dermatology Element at Andrews Air Force Base, MD. She has several articles published, has been featured in many publications/media and has traveled nationally for lecturing engagements. Throughout her career, she has continued to mentor and/or train resident physicians, medical and physician assistant students. The prevention and treatment of skin cancers are of particular interest to her. “My goal for each patient is to help them achieve their healthiest skin possible. It’s rewarding to use my creativity and skill to educate, equip and empower my patients so that we attain this goal together.”
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Shane O'Neil, PA-C
Shane O'Neil is a board-certified Physician Assistant from Binghamton, NY with 5 years of dermatology experience. He is married to his wife KC, who is also a physician assistant. Shane's hobbies include exercise, playing and watching sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Having recently relocated from the Washington, D.C. area, Shane is happy to now call Charlotte home. "I strive to provide easy access and excellent care so my patients can leave our office with a smile on their face."
Location: Sona Dermatology & MedSpa of Charlotte - Lake Norman & BallantyneBOOK NOW
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