Diagnosis and Treatment for Skin Cancer

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 specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and on-site removal of certain skin cancers. 

About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a tumor or growth of abnormal cells within the 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 with skin cancer treatment in the Worcester, MA area, but the most serious type of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, is more likely to spread and cause deleterious effects on you and your health if neglected.

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Skin Derm - Skin Cancer Surgery

Skin Derm - Skin Cancer Surgery
Dr. Lamoureux Administering Skin Cancer Treatment In Shrewsbury, MA.

What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?

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.

What to Expect During the Check

If you have a mole or other skin lesion that is causing you concern, please schedule an appointment immediately with Dr. Lamoureux at Skin Dermatology. She will do a comprehensive analysis of your relevant medical history and your skin, and she will determine an individualized treatment plan for you. In some cases, she will take a biopsy of the area of concern. In this procedure, all or part of the suspicious mole or growth will be removed by Dr. Lamoureux and sent to our pathology partners to analyze the sample. 

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In-Office Excision

Certain methods of treatment require cutting out both the affected area of skin and a small part of the normal surrounding skin. This excision is performed at our technologically advanced office to ensure patient safety. You will be awake during the procedure, which typically takes less than one hour. The area will be numbed with local anesthesia, and a small scalpel will be used to cut out the skin cancer. The area is then sewn back together. The excised skin cancer is then sent to our pathology partners for complete analysis.

How We Treat Skin Cancer

Dr. Lamoureux treats skin cancer by various methods, depending on the type of cancer found. Certain skin cancers can be treated by alternative therapies such as prescribed topical therapy, oral medications, scraping and burning (electrodesiccation and curettage), and laser treatments. We also provide referrals for excision, Mohs surgery, and radiation if needed. Our objective is to reach your goal for skin cancer treatment in the Worcester, MA area, or cure by providing you with the best and most appropriate treatments available. After your skin cancer has been addressed, we will recommend ongoing skin cancer screening exams for continued surveillance of your skin. If, at any time, a new or concerning lesion grows, we recommend making an immediate appointment because early detection can be key in achieving the best treatment outcomes.

Why Choose Skin Dermatology?

Skin Dermatology is dedicated to creating the best possible patient experience while providing the highest quality care. Founded and led by double-board certified Dr. Alissa Lamoureux, we provide a level of individualized care that requires enhanced experience, quality, and trust that other practices simply cannot provide. With an experienced and skilled staff, we at Skin Dermatology treat every facet of our patients’ skin while working with the most advanced medical technology and treatment options available. We believe that you have a choice in medicine, and we do everything we can to make your experience the very best it can be. 

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