Skin Cancer Surgery in Columbus, OH
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but it’s also one of the most treatable. Though between 30-40% of all fair-skinned people will develop skin cancer during their lifetime, if this condition is caught early and treated with skin cancer surgery, it’s almost always curable. Skin cancer that hasn’t spread beyond its initial site has a survival rate of 99% in the United States.
If you’ve noticed an unusual change in your skin, such as a new mole or a lesion that won’t heal, it’s strongly recommended that you seek medical attention. Timely intervention will ensure you remain healthy and cancer-free.
Identifying Skin Cancer
Only a trained medical professional can accurately diagnose skin cancer. There are, however, some warning signs you should be aware of. Not all skin cancers present as an unusually dark or uneven growth. There are multiple types of skin cancer, and any of the following symptoms may indicate a problem:
- A persistent sore or blemish: Any sore or blemish that doesn’t resolve naturally within two weeks should be examined by a doctor or dermatologist. Non-melanoma skin cancers often begin as a sore that doesn’t heal, even with appropriate care. This sore may look like a pink or red lesion that’s crusted or scaly on top. Sometimes the sore will be slightly raised above the skin, like a mole. More rarely, non-melanoma skin cancers first appear as a white, waxy patch of skin that resembles a wart or scar.
- A mole that changes in size, color, or shape: While most moles never become cancerous, any mole that appears suddenly, grows in size, or turns darker, should be examined by a medical professional.
Risk factors for skin cancer include:
While skin cancer can develop at any age, most cases occur in people over 65. This is because sun damage is cumulative.
People with fair skin have a greater risk of developing skin cancer, particularly people with blue or green eyes and blonde or red hair. This risk becomes particularly acute when a fair-skinned individual lives near the equator or at a high elevation (UV rays from the sun are stronger at higher elevations).
The UV rays emitted by tanning beds have been shown to contribute to the development of skin cancer.
Immunosuppressant illnesses, like HIV, and certain medications (e.g., prednisone and chemotherapy) have been shown to increase a person’s risk of getting skin cancer.
How is Skin Cancer Treated?
Once your skin cancer has been removed, the excision site will be carefully closed with sutures to facilitate optimal healing. In cases where a great deal of tissue had to be removed to completely get rid of the patient’s cancer, a reconstructive skin graft may be required.
After your surgery is complete, your incisions will be carefully bandaged and you’ll be provided with aftercare instructions. You should notice a reduction in soreness after one to two weeks (depending on the size of the excision site). However, you will need to take certain precautions for about six to ten weeks after your surgery. Avoiding sun exposure and keeping the wound clean are essential steps to preventing scarring and infection. Dr. Zochowski will schedule regular follow-up appointments with you to make sure your wound is healing properly.
Choosing your Skin Cancer Surgery Surgeon
Everyone’s skin is different. Visiting a plastic surgeon can help you clarify what your skin type is, what’s causing any aesthetic issues you face, and whether or not you’re a good candidate for non-surgical anti-aging. Furthermore, if you later decide to utilize plastic surgery to create more dramatic results, you’ll be in capable, caring hands. If you’re ready to pursue healthier, more radiant skin, contact Dr. Zochowski to schedule a consultation in Columbus, Ohio. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals.
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Book a Skin Cancer Surgery Consultation in Columbus, OH
If you’re concerned about a persistent lesion or unusual mole, or your dermatologist has provided a positive biopsy result that requires additional surgery, don’t wait to take action. Contact Dr. Zochowski to schedule an appointment today. Acting quickly while your lesion is small is the best way to prevent scarring and other complications. Our caring, dedicated staff are standing by to help you address all of your concerns, both medical and cosmetic. Our primary goal is to make the skin cancer treatment process as comfortable as possible, while also safeguarding your health.