The discovery of skin cancer can be an unsettling time for a patient, but under the care of plastic surgeon Dr. Genter, you can be assured that you will receive the best care for your skin cancer in Philadelphia.
There are several different types of skin cancer with varying degrees of severity. Some will require surgical intervention to remove cancerous growths or tumors while others may only need a topical medication. In your consultation with Dr. Genter, he will closely examine your type of skin cancer and devise a treatment plan specifically tailored to you.
Skin Cancer Types
Below are the three common skin cancer types:
- Basal cell carcinoma is very common. This skin cancer affects the basal cells in the epidermis. It appears on areas of the skin that are routinely exposed to the sun.
- Squamous cell carcinoma develops in the epithelium. It may look like a red scaly patch with an inflamed base. It is generally found on skin areas that are routinely exposed to the sun, but can occur elsewhere on the body.
- Melanoma is the most serious skin cancer type. The abnormal growth of melanocytes (the cells that give skin its color) is thought to be the cause of melanoma. For any skin lesion and especially for melanoma, early diagnosis is very important.
Skin Cancer Surgery: What’s involved?
Removal of skin cancer often involves a surgical excision (cutting out) of the tumor. This can cause some undesirable changes in your appearance. To preserve normal form and function as well as possible, it is wise to visit a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Genter.
After a procedure such as Mohs surgery, Dr. Genter can reconstruct the defects that occur from removal of the tumor.
To learn more about skin cancer warning signs, see skincancer.org. To learn more about skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, contact our plastic surgery office to schedule a consultation. We are just a short drive from downtown Philadelphia in Jenkintown, PA.