There are many different treatments for skin cancer. Dr. Critelli selects treatment after carefully considering the following:
- Type of skin cancer
- Where on the body the skin cancer is located
- The aggressiveness of the skin cancer
- Stage of the cancer and how deeply the skin cancer has grown and spread
- Patient’s overall health
After considering the above, Dr. Critelli will choose to perform either surgical excision or Mohs Micrographic Surgery in order to remove all of the cancer. As long as the cancer has not spread, the goal of removing all of the cancer is usually attainable.
- To perform a surgical exision, Dr. Critelli first numbs the skin and then surgically cuts out the cancerous skin cells and a small amount of normal-looking skin. This normal-looking skin is called a margin. There are different types of excisions, most of which can be performed in Crystal Cove Dermatology, Inc., under local anesthetic.
- As a trained Mohs surgeon, Dr. Critelli often opts to perform Mohs Micrographic Surgery to remove skin cancer. For more on Mohs Surgery, please click here: Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Risk Factors for Developing Skin Cancer:
- A fair, lighter complexion
- Family history of skin cancer
- A personal history of skin cancer
- Exposure of sun through work and recreational activities
- A history of sunburns, especially at a young age
- A history of indoor tanning
- Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful and uncomfortable in the sun
- Blue or green colored-eyes
- Blonde or red hair
- Certain types and a large amount of moles