Melanoma is widely-known as the deadliest type of skin cancer. But even melanoma has a 5-year survival rate of more than 98 percent when detected early. By the time cancer spreads to lymph nodes and other parts of the body, this rate drops to 62 percent and 18 percent respectively. Detecting cancers on your own can be tricky. You’ve come to the right place for professional diagnostics and tailored treatment.
Dr. Christine Lee and her team determine the true nature of your skin cancer symptoms in Walnut Creek CA. Examinations at The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute are a cornerstone of the early detection that prevents the spread of melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma, a common cancer that can grow to lymph nodes and other organs. Some things to know about professional skin checks:
- Some cancers “hide” in seemingly unlikely places and areas that can be overlooked. Trusted professionals examine your scalp, behind and inside the ears, under the eyebrows and on the eyelids, and in the nose and mouth. Between fingers and toes, nails, the soles of your feet, and underarms will also be checked.
- Any unusual lumps or bumps will be felt along the way, and freckles, scars, skin tags, moles, and other spots will be examined. Get into a good habit of regular professional skin checks, so the doctors can track changes from one exam to the next.
- It’s a great time to ask about any changes or areas that are concerning to you. A special magnifying glass may be used to better “see” a spot, and tissue from suspicious areas will be collected for further examination.
Should you need treatment, Dr. Lee is trained in precision Mohs micrographic surgery, which has unsurpassed cure rates for certain types of skin cancers. Call today to schedule your appointment.