For certain individuals, Dr. Walek recommends a yearly skin check. People who are most at risk for skin cancer are those individuals who have fair skin and lightly colored eyes, have a personal or family history of skin cancer or those who have a history of numerous sunburns.
Non-melanoma skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma) is the most common type of skin cancer. These lesions are often red, scaly or waxy-looking and can be painful, bleed and/or slowly increase in size. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas can be treated and cured by different methods. Melanoma is another form of skin cancer that usually appears as a dark lesion. These are most often asymmetrical, have irregular borders, are usually six millimeters or larger, and have changed in color, size, or shape. With all skin cancers, early detection and treatment is key.
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Dr. Stuart Walek performs Mohs migrographic surgery. Mohs surgery is a highly specialized form of surgery for the removal of skin cancer where the doctor acts as both pathologist and surgeon. By completely examining 100% of the margins of a tumor, and by mapping the extent of its growth, the Mohs technique allows skin cancer to be treated with higher cure rates than other forms of treatment. Compared with other surgery, Mohs :
Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia, for treating basal and squamous cell carcinomas.
Dr. Stuart Walek also treats patients for sun damage and actinic keratoses. Actinic keratoses are small, red, scaly, and sometimes tender areas of skin and are considered pre-cancerous. These are found on areas of sun damaged skin such as on the face, scalp, chest, back, arms or hands. They can usually be treated with in-office liquid nitrogen, also called cryotherapy. Extensively sun damaged skin may also benefit from a prescription chemotherapy cream for home use. Early treatment of an actinic keratosis will most often preclude the need for surgery or additional treatment on the same lesion in the future. This is a good website for sunscreen information.