Dr. Rogers, Dr. Irwin, and Rebecca Patton, PA-C, offer a range of options for treatment of skin cancer.
Dr. Rogers is a board certified dermatologist and a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon who has performed over 1,500 Mohs surgeries for skin cancer.
Call (206) 215-6600 for an appointment if you are concerned about a suspicious mole or growth.
The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
- A basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It rarely, if ever, metastasizes (spreads to other parts of the body); however, if it is not treated, it will continue to grow and damage the surrounding structures. It is thought to be caused by sun and/or radiation in exposure. Basal cell carcinomas can look like a scaly patch of skin or a pink, shiny bump.
- A squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. It has a greater chance of spreading to other part of the body than a basal-cell carcinoma, but this is still uncommon and is most frequently seen in long-neglected tumors. Like basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas are thought to be caused by sun and/or radiation exposure. They can also be caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Squamous cell carcinomas frequently have a non-healing crust.
- Melanoma is a far less common type of skin cancer than basal or squamous cell carcinomas but more serious. They have an increased risk of spreading to other parts of the body and need to be treated with a surgical excision of the cancer and rim of normal skin to ensure the tumor is completely removed. Melanomas can look like an atypical mole.
At our dermatology medical practice in Seattle, Dr. Brandith Irwin, Dr. Heather Rogers (both board certified dermatologists), and Rebecca Patton PA-C provide exams and treatment for skin cancers, including:
- Full body skin exams and risk assessment
- Mole checks
- Skin cancer biopsies
- Treatment for Pre-Skin Cancers (actinic keratoses)
- Treatment of skin cancer including Mohs Micrographic Surgery
- Regular follow up
- Sun Protection Tips
Dr. Heather Rogers is also a fellowship-trained and board certified dermatologist who does Mohs surgery for skin cancer. Click here for more information on Mohs surgery for skin cancer at our Seattle dermatology office.