Dermatologists located in Shrewsbury, MA
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Dr. Alissa Lamoureux, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, at Skin Dermatology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, specializes in diagnosing, treatment and onsite removal of certain skin cancers. Contact Dr. Lamoureux today or book an appointment online for a skin cancer screening. Early detection of skin cancer can be the key to successful management of your disease.
Skin Cancer Q&A
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is a tumor or growth of abnormal cells in your skin. The most common type of skin cancer is called basal cell carcinoma. Another common skin cancer is called squamous cell carcinoma. These cancers often occur in the top layers of the skin. When found early, they can be cured. The most serious type of skin cancer is called malignant melanoma. Malignant melanomas are more likely to spread and cause deleterious effects on you and your health, if neglected.
Skin cancers can appear as moles, scaly patches, open sores or raised bumps. These signs can vary, depending on the form of skin cancer present. Different types of skin cancer share some of the same signs, so it's important to get any moles or bumps of concern checked by Dr. Lamoureux at Skin Dermatology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
When is the right time to talk to Dr. Lamoureux about my Skin Cancer?
If you have a mole or other skin lesion that is causing you concern, please immediately schedule an appointment with Dr. Lamoureux at Skin Dermatology. She will do a comprehensive analysis of your relevant medical history, your skin and determine an individualized plan for you. In some cases, Dr. Lamoureux will take a biopsy of the concerned area. In this procedure, all or part of the suspicious mole or growth is removed by Dr. Lamoureux, and sent to our pathology partners to analyze the sample.
How do you treat Skin Cancer?
At Skin Dermatology, Dr. Lamoureux treats skin cancer by various methods depending on the type of cancer found. Certain methods require cutting out the affected area of skin and a small part of the normal surrounding skin. These procedures are performed in her modern and technologically advanced office to ensure patient safety. These procedures are performed while you are awake and are completed in less than one hour. First, the area is numbed with local anesthesia. A small scalpel is then used to cut out the skin cancer and then the area is sewn back together. Your skin cancer is then sent to our pathology partners for complete analysis. Certain skin cancers can be treated by alternative therapies such as topical medications, oral medications, scraping and burning (electrodesiccation and curettage) and laser treatments. We aim to work with you to reach your treatment goals or cure by providing you with the best and most appropriate treatments available.