At Houck Dermatology, our experts regularly perform skin cancer surgery for our patients. Skin cancer is being diagnosed at an alarming rate. Fairer skin types are certainly at a higher risk of being diagnosed, but every skin type is at risk, especially in the Sunshine State.
Basal Cell Carcinoma (the most common skin cancer), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Malignant Melanoma (MM) are the most common types of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States. SCC and MM can be life-threatening with the potential to spread (metastasize).
Your Skin Exam
Skin exams and patient education are especially important for early diagnosis of skin cancers. We offer full skin exams to identify suspicious lesions.
The ABCs of moles and melanoma, recommendation of sunscreens and sun avoidance, and being educated on self skin exams are all part of our routine skin cancer exams. It is always recommended to ask for a gown for your full skin exam, to ask questions about the ABCs and sunscreens, and to have all areas that concern you examined.
What Happens During Skin Cancer Surgery?
Frozen section margin control surgery is a thorough multi-step procedure. Dr. Houck removes the skin cancer, and then, using our in-office laboratory, a senior dermatopathologist checks the edges of the specimen under the microscope to ensure the cancer has been totally removed.
Our dermatopathologist uses the Mohs frozen section technique, which provides a very high cure rate. Once the cancer has been removed and the margins are clear, Dr. Houck repairs the wound. The details of the recovery and healing process vary and will be discussed in advance. For best results, follow Dr. Houck’s care directions closely.
Dr. Houck has many years of experience performing this technique and repairing various types of wounds. We also have relationships with plastic surgeons if needed to get you the most appropriate care you need.
Skin exams should be done at least annually for most people in Florida. If you have a history of skin cancer or extensive sun exposure, then exams may be recommended every 3-6 months.
The Cost of Skin Cancer Surgery
The price of skin cancer surgery is determined by a number of factors. The patient’s insurance provider plays a major role, as do the diagnostic techniques involved and the exact details of the case.
Arrange Your Skin Exam
To arrange a skin exam or find out more about skin cancer surgery, please contact our office to set up your appointment.