Skin Cancer Specialist

Outer Banks Dermatology -  - Board Certified Dermatologist

Outer Banks Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologists located in Nags Head, NC

The most common of all cancers, skin cancer, affects millions of Americans every year. No one is immune, so it’s important to have regular skin scans by a licensed dermatologist. Dr. Renee Glover and Dr. Theresa Conologue provide onsite skin cancer screenings. They also bring the most up-to-date skin cancer treatments to Outer Banks Dermatology. If you live in the Nags Head, North Carolina area, call the clinic or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer occurs when normal skin cells mutate and multiply beyond what is average. There are three types of skin cancer:

  • Melanoma: aggressive; most likely to spread to other parts of the body
  • Basal cell carcinoma: most common type; almost never spreads
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: abnormal cells in epidermis; second most common

Exposure to UV sunlight or tanning beds causes most cases of skin cancer, especially in people with fair skin.

What are the signs of skin cancer?

It’s important to take a proactive role in preventing and detecting skin cancer. Watch for changes in your skin’s appearance to help identify skin cancer early, while it’s easier to treat. Some signs that could indicate cancer are:

  • Large moles with uneven edges, noticeable changes, or discoloration
  • New moles
  • Dark brown or black lesions
  • Red/brown scaly skin patches
  • Raised, smooth, pearly bumps
  • Skin sore that doesn’t heal

It’s important to schedule regular skin scans with a trained professional to identify any skin abnormalities that cause concern. Dr. Glover and Dr. Conologue use their trained eyes to search for suspicious moles and markings, especially in places you can’t easily see.

How do you diagnose skin cancer?

If your dermatologist detects any skin abnormalities during your scan, she may need to examine the skin cells more closely. Tests for skin cancer include:

  • MelaFind handheld device: scans lesions for signs of cancer
  • Biopsy: examines samples of skin for a conclusive diagnosis

If your biopsy indicates skin cancer, your doctor may have you undergo additional testing to check into the extent of the disease, including blood tests, X-Rays, and other evaluations.

How do you treat skin cancer?

Surgical removal of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma is usually all it takes to treat these cancers if they haven’t spread. Malignant melanoma may require more extensive treatments, including radiation and chemotherapy.

People who have had skin cancer in the past are at higher risk for recurrence. If you have skin cancer, your dermatologist will have you return for more frequent cancer screenings.

Schedule your skin cancer screening today by calling Outer Banks Dermatology or using the online booking option.