Skin Cancer Surveillance

Skin cancer is the most common in the United States, and its rates are increasing in all races.

Those with light skin who sunburn easily have the highest risk. Risk factors include: sunburns, family history of skin cancer, weakened immune system, previous/current use of indoor tanning devices, and exposure to cancer-causing compounds. We advocate a three-part strategy to combat skin cancer: surveillance, treatment, and prevention. Surveillance takes the form of skin care examinations—both by you and by us. Treatment options for skin cancer include prescription creams, destruction, and surgical removal. Prevention is achieved primarily by sun protection strategies, but also consists of treatment of pre-cancerous growths with cryotherapy, medications, or photodynamic therapy.