PREVENTING, DETECTING & TREATING SKIN CANCER
Protection and early detection are more vital now than ever to help combat skin cancer and at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery in South Carolina, Dr. Audrey Klenke specializes in helping numerous patients do just that.
Skin Cancer Protection
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the primary cause for skin cancer, and no one is immune to it. With more than 500,000 new diagnosis each year, this makes skin cancer the most serious type of cancer.
Sunscreen and protective clothing is a preventative measure for protecting yourself from this disease, but Dr. Klenke’s expertise in this area can help you detect and treat skin cancer in the most effective ways possible.
Detecting Skin Cancer
There is a common rule of thumb to remember to help you detect early signs of skin cancer known as the “ABCDE” method.
• Asymmetry: one side does not match the other.
• Border: the edges are irregular.
• Color: uneven tone in shades of black, blue or tan.
• Diameter: an increase in size.
• Evolving: dramatic change as seen within a week or month.
Treatment for Skin Cancer
Patients who suffer from skin cancer can undergo skin cancer tumor removal surgery. Most treatments to remove cancerous lesions can be conducted under local or general anesthesia. Some patients are apprehensive when it comes to skin cancer removal because of the cutting, burning or freezing off a mole or portion of skin, and are even deterred from skin cancer removal due to scarring or discoloration.
Rest assured that Dr. Klenke’s methods are to ensure a patients comfort, safety and care. This is a delicate and sensitive procedure removes small cancerous lesions with excision, while larger lesions may require some reconstruction surgery. Dr. Klenke will go over in detail with you the exact needs you require for your unique case.
Incision sites may be sore, red or drain small amounts of fluid. Healing will continue for weeks and even months after your surgery and incision lines will fade and continue to improve. Sun exposure on wounds and scar lines can result in irregular pigmentation or cause the sight to become red, raised or dark so post-op preventative instructions should be followed carefully.
Have you been diagnosed with melanoma? At Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, Dr. Klenke can help.
Contact our office today to schedule consultation.