Patients seek Westlake Village dermatologist for skin cancer treatment
The annual skin cancer statistics are alarming. There are more new skin cancer cases every year than other types of cancer including breast, lung, prostate, and colon, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Of those cases, there are 700,000 cases of squamous-cell carcinoma and two million cases of basal-cell carcinoma. Therefore, it is critical to see the dermatologist at least annually for a skin cancer screening. It lasts about 10 minutes and can save your life. Patients can turn to Dr. Daphne I. Panagotacos in Westlake Village for screenings as well as treatment for skin cancer.
What you can expect at a skin cancer screening
We will examine your body including the scalp, ears, between the toes, and the soles of the feet. Any moles, lesions, or growths will be examined as well. If we notice any abnormalities, we may biopsy the skin for testing. This involves numbing the area and gently removing a small sample layer of skin for evaluation. If cancerous cells were detected, we will discuss treatment options.
Providing treatment for skin cancer
Dr. Panagotacos is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery. As a Fellow, she is specialized in treating skin cancer using the Mohs micrographic surgical technique. Mohs surgery leads as the most advanced treatment. Dr. Panagotacos performs Mohs surgery to treat squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
During the outpatient procedure in our office, Dr. Panagotacos numbs the area with a local anesthetic. Then, she removes the cancerous cells one layer at a time. The treatment is safe and effective.
Preventing skin cancer
Although treatment is available, Dr. Panagotacos is an advocate of preventive skin care. If you notice a pimple or mole that is not healing properly, contact our office. It is also critical to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every day, to protect the skin.
If you have noticed a sign of skin cancer, there is no need to worry. You are in gentle and caring hands at the office of Dr. Panagotacos. Schedule an appointment with her by calling 805-379-3376 today.