Protect yourself with skin cancer screening and treatment in Westlake Village CA
One of the keys to successfully treating skin cancer is early detection. You should visually inspect your skin at least once a month, looking for any changes. If you do find anything suspicious, contact your dermatologist immediately. In addition to doing self-exams, you should see your dermatologist annually for a skin cancer screening. If a skin cancer screening leads to a positive diagnosis, you are not alone. Skin cancer is very common and with early detection, it can be treated effectively.
Dr. Panagotacos is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. Mohs is considered the most effective treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma; it is also used to treat some forms of Melanoma. When a tumor is treated by using Mohs, the success rate is about 99 percent if this is the first tumor, and about 95 percent in recurring tumors.
Mohs is highly effective because tissue is removed one layer at a time and tested to see if cancer cells are present. If they are, another layer is removed; this process is repeated until all affected tissue is removed. Mohs is the only skin cancer treatment where your surgeon is also your pathologist. This makes a huge difference in your care; it is the reason that Mohs is minimally invasive and highly effective. Your surgeon knows how much tissue must be removed to eliminate all cancer and leave healthy tissue intact.
After Dr. Panagotacos has removed all of the cancerous cells, she will discuss the options for reconstruction with you. If your tumor was small, the area may be allowed to heal on its own. In the case of larger ones, there may be sutures using a side-to-side technique, a skin graft, or a flap of skin maybe used to close the wound. All Mohs surgeons are trained in reconstructive surgery, so you know from start to finish you will be well taken care of.
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or found a spot that you fear is cancerous, schedule a consultation with Dr. Panagotacos. She can answer your questions and if necessary, provide the most recommended treatment for skin cancer. Call today at 805-379-3376 and set up an appointment. Her office is located in Westlake Village, CA.
Rating : 5
I was impressed and pleased with my office visit. The office staff were respectful. Dr. Panagotacos was very approachable/friendly and made me feel comfortable during my examination. She took the time needed to answer any questions. I waited just a short time for my scheduled appointment.