Your skin is your body’s largest and most protective organ, shielding your other organs and tissues from heat, light, infection, and injury. At Texas Skin Cancer Center in Kingwood, Pearland, Webster, and Houston, Texas, Joseph Sedrak, MD, diagnoses and treats skin cancer to preserve your skin’s health. If you have an unusual or changing feature on your skin, call Texas Skin Cancer Center for an evaluation or book an appointment online today.
Skin cancer develops when the cells in your skin begin to grow abnormally because of a genetic mutation. Usually, this genetic mutation happens because of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.
There are several types of skin cancer. The type of skin cancer you have depends on the type of cell within your skin it affects. Dr. Sedrak diagnoses and treats:
SCC accounts for about 20% of skin cancer cases. If you get SCC, you have a higher chance of developing it again in the future. The best treatment for SCC is surgical removal.
BCC is the most common skin cancer type and mostly affects people with fair skin. While it doesn’t spread to other areas of your body (metastasize), it can cause significant damage to your skin in the area.
Malignant melanoma affects the cells that give your skin color, or melanocytes. If you have a weak immune system or if you have a lot of moles on your body, you’re at a higher than average risk of getting it.
Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare skin cancer type that typically appears on your face or neck. It usually affects older patients because of a weak immune system, long-term sun exposure, or both.
You should book an appointment at Texas Skin Cancer Center if you notice any new, unusual, or changing skin lesions, but annual screenings are also important. Skin cancer screenings are in-depth examinations to look for signs of skin cancer even if you haven’t noticed any yet on your own.
If you come to Texas Skin Cancer Center with an unusual lesion, Dr. Sedrak examines it and asks about any changes you’ve noticed to it. He also asks if it itches or bleeds and requests information about your personal and family history in relation to skin cancer.
If Dr. Sedrak believes your lesion might be cancerous, he delivers local anesthesia to the area before taking a biopsy for further testing. Using information from your physical exam and biopsy, he determines the type of skin cancer you have and its stage.
Once you receive your skin cancer diagnosis, Dr. Sedrak plans your treatment carefully. At Texas Skin Cancer Center, he offers several different treatment options with noteworthy success rates. Your skin cancer treatment might involve:
Dr. Sedrak has extensive experience with skin cancer treatment and prevention. He tells you your outlook with treatment and can help you take steps to prevent new skin cancer in the future.
If you have a suspicious lesion or if you’re due for your next skin cancer screening, call Texas Skin Cancer Center or book an evaluation online today.