Offering Comprehensive Evaluation and Treatment for All Types of Skin Cancer
SLUCare Dermatology offers expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of all types
of skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Fellowship-trained skin cancer specialist Dr. Eran Chen sees patients with each of these types of skin cancer and offers both clinical surveillance (monitoring) and surgical treatment for skin cancer patients.
Both Dr. Chen and SLUCare dermatologist Dr. Ramona Behshad perform in-office procedures under local anesthesia, including Mohs surgery – an outpatient treatment for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, boasting a 98% cure rate. For melanoma, the doctors offer surgical excision (removal) and slow Mohs treatment (staged surgical removal), depending on the depth and location of the cancer.
Tailored care for your type of skin cancer
In the SLUCare Skin Cancer and Melanoma Clinic, your treatment plan is customized to your specific type and stage of cancer. Early-stage skin cancers may be effectively eliminated through surgical removal. Later-stage cancers – those that have spread beyond the skin to other areas, such as the lymph nodes – may require both surgery and additional support from other SLUCare specialists: surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons or radiation oncologists.
Our dermatologists work collaboratively with specialists across our academic medical practice to develop and coordinate your treatment plan.
Who should see a skin cancer specialist?
People at higher risk for skin cancer should see a dermatologist for regular screenings. You may be at greater risk for skin cancer if you:
- Have a fair complexion and blonde or red hair
- Have had at least one blistering sunburn
- Have a history of prolonged sun exposure or tanning bed use
- Have large moles or numerous moles (50 or more)
- Have a family history of melanoma or personal history of skin cancer
- Have had a transplant
- Have a weakened immune system
Even those who are not high-risk can develop skin cancer, regardless of skin color. So if you notice changes in your skin, make sure to discuss them with your doctor.
Look for signs of trouble: spotting melanoma
It’s important to regularly check your skin for new spots, spots that itch or bleed,
or changes in the appearance of moles.
When looking at moles, remember the ABCDE signs of melanoma:
A – Asymmetrical shape
B – Uneven border
C – Color variations
D – Diameter greater than a pencil eraser
E – Evolving in size, shape or color
The American Academy of Dermatology provides a guide to spotting melanoma and performing skin self-exams.