The occurrence of skin cancer has been a growing problem in the United States, especially in states like California, where sunny days are much more prevalent and people often spend their weekends at the beach. Unfortunately, skin cancer is a disease that can be deadly if not treated before it begins to invade surrounding tissues or metastasize to organs throughout the body.
For the past few decades, health experts have emphasized how important it is for individuals to protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun. However, increased awareness unfortunately has not eliminated skin cancer altogether, and an estimated 9,000 – 10,000 people die each year from this disease. The most unfortunate part; cancer of the skin has very high cure rates when detected early, but Americans just don’t give this problem the attention it deserves, don’t conduct self examinations, and don’t schedule skin exams on a regular basis.
At American Skin Institute we’ve worked very hard to increase patient awareness of the deadly risks of this cancer, and over the years, have been able to help countless patients by treating skin cancer and helping them heal. One of our most preferred techniques is Mohs skin surgery, a treatment that provides very high cure rates and preserves more of the patient’s healthy tissue at the treatment site.
Types of skin cancer treated
The two types of skin cancer most often referred by dermatologists for surgical removal are Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Basal Cell Carcinoma. These cancers are rarely fatal if caught early, but still pose a significant danger of disfigurement, as both types of these lesions may have roots extending into the surrounding tissue. If these roots are not completely removed through surgery, the cancer cells are likely to form a new lesion and continue to grow, eventually causing significant loss of healthy tissue in the area, and requiring extensive surgery.
A worse scenario is the development of Melanoma. This cancer has very high mortality rates if left untreated or is discovered too late. For example, even with early discovery there is an expected 2% mortality rate, which makes it vital to use the most effective procedures to remove the cancer and keep it from returning.
At American Skin Institute of Los Angeles, we're proud to offer Skin Cancer to the Los Angeles area and across Southern California. With three locations in Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills, and Westlake Village, we are easily accessible to residents throughout the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas for Skin Cancer, including: Agoura, Brentwood, Burbank, Calabasas, Camarillo, Chatsworth, Encino, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Mission Hills, Moorpark, North Hollywood, Simi Valley, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Valley Glen, Westwood, Woodland Hills