Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. At Sturdy Memorial Hospital, we are committed to providing you with resources that help prevent, detect, and treat the three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Almost all skin cancers are curable if they are found early. Most skin cancers are preventable. The best way to prevent skin cancer is to monitor your skin for changes and see your primary care physician and/or a dermatologist every year for a professional skin exam. Sturdy Memorial Hospital's affiliated dermatologists provide skin exams to help detect skin cancer in its earliest stages.
During a skin exam, your doctor will make note of any suspicious moles or growths on your body including the size, color and any changes that your report. Your doctor may use a dermatoscopy to see spots on your skin more clearly.
If your doctor believes a spot on your skin looks suspicious, a biopsy will be done. During a biopsy, a sample of skin is removed for review by a pathologist.
If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, Your care team will work with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your medical needs. We offer a wide range of skin cancer therapies including medical oncology, radiation therapy and surgical options specific to skin cancer.
Surgical Options for Skin Cancer
- Wide local excisions (removals) for primary melanomas
- Intra-operative lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy
- Radical lymphadenectomy
- Surgical debulking for metastatic disease