Skin Cancer

Treating Skin Cancers for all skin types

In the United States, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Over 500,000 cases of skin cancer are reported each year and the number continues to increase at a faster rate than other types of cancer. Cancer can affect any part of the body, but they mostly occur in the face, head, or neck.

If you’re concerned about skin cancer, ask your family physician. He or she should examine your skin at your annual physical and can refer you to a specialist if necessary.

If you notice an unusual growth, consult a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. Both plastic surgeons and dermatologists are skilled at diagnosing and treating skin cancer and other skin growths. A plastic surgeon such as Dr. Lesavoy can surgically remove the growth in a manner that maintains function and offers the most pleasing final appearance – a consideration that may be especially important if the cancer is in a highly visible area. If a treatment other than surgical excision is called for, Dr. Lesavoy can refer you to the appropriate specialist.

The cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet radiation, which often comes from the sun. Anyone can be affected, regardless of their skin type, race, or age. However, patients with fair skin that freckles have the highest risk.

To diagnose skin cancer, a part of the growth will be removed and examined under a microscope. It can be treated through various methods depending on the type of cancer, stage of growth, and location of the body. Small skin cancers can be easily treated in Dr. Lesavoy’s Beverly Hills office.

Most treatments involve surgical removal, the procedure can be a simple excision. If cancer has spread to the lymph glands or other areas of the body, major surgery may be the preferred option. Several treatment options include cryosurgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and Mohs surgery.

To discuss your skin cancer treatment options with Dr. Lesavoy, call us and schedule an appointment today 310-248-5451.

Skin cancer’s primary cause is ultraviolet radiation – most often from the sun, but also from artificial sources like sunlamps and tanning booths. Researchers believe that tanning, an increase in outdoor activities, and perhaps the thinning of the earth’s protective ozone layer are behind the alarming rise we’re now seeing in skin cancers.

Anyone can get skin cancer – it does not matter what your skin type, race or age, no matter where you live or what you do.

Your risk is greater if:

  • You have fair skin that freckles easily
  • You have light-colored hair and eyes
  • You have a large number of moles, or moles of unusual size or shape
  • You have a family history of skin cancer or a personal history of blistering sunburn
  • You spend a lot of time working or playing outdoors
  • You live closer to the equator, at a higher altitude, or in any place that gets intense, year-round sunshine
  • You received therapeutic radiation treatments for adolescent acne
After you’ve been treated for skin cancer, your doctor should schedule regular follow-up visits to make sure the cancer has not recurred.

Your physician, can’t prevent a recurrence. You must reduce your risks by changing old habits and developing new ones.

(These preventive measures apply to people who have not had skin cancer as well.)
Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. And 2 p.m. and during the summer months. It’s important to also remember that ultraviolet rays pass right through water and clouds, and reflect off sand and snow.

On any exposed skin, always use a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. Remember to reapply it frequently, especially after you’ve been swimming or sweating.

Finally, examine your skin regularly. If you find anything suspicious, consult Dr. Lesavoy or a dermatologist as soon as possible.

When you do go outside for an extended period of time, wear protective clothing such as wide brimmed hats and long sleeves.

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