Skin Cancer Specialist

Advanced Dermatology Surgery Center

Dermatologist & Medical Aesthetics located in Fresno, CA

Each year in the United States, more than 5.4 million cases of skin cancer are treated, and about 10,000 people die of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Regular skin cancer screenings are critical in making sure your skin cancer is caught and treated as early as possible. Dr. Jane Kardashian is experienced in diagnosing and treating skin cancers, using advanced technology and state-of-the-art treatments like Mohs surgery at Advanced Dermatology Surgery Center. If you live in or near Fresno, California, call and schedule a screening or use our online system and request an appointment today.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What are the different types of skin cancer?

There are three primary types of skin cancer:

  • Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, accounting for more than 80% of all skin cancers
  • Squamous cell carcinoma, accounting for about 15% or more of all skin cancer cases
  • Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer and also the rarest, comprising less than 5% of all diagnosed cases of skin cancer

Skin cancer can occur anywhere on your body, including areas that don’t receive any sun exposure, as well as your scalp and under your fingernails and toenails.

How can I tell if a growth is cancerous?

The American Cancer Society offers the “ABCDE” guidelines to determine it a mole or other growth might be cancerous:

  • Asymmetry: One side of the growth is different in size, shape, or color from the other
  • Border: Moles sometimes have an uneven or irregular borders
  • Color: Multiple colors or gradations of the same color
  • Diameter: Moles or growths that are wider than a pencil eraser are more likely to be cancerous
  • Evolving: Cancerous growths tend to evolve and change over time

While these guidelines may be helpful, there is absolutely no substitute for a professional skin cancer screening. Because skin cancers can vary significantly in appearance, any suspicious, new, or changing growth, including moles that weep or itch, should be evaluated by Dr. Kardashian.

What happens during a skin cancer screening?

A skin cancer screening is completely painless and noninvasive. Dr. Kardashian performs a head-to-toe evaluation of your skin, looking for any growths or other abnormal changes in your skin that could be indicative of skin cancer. If an abnormal or suspicious area is identified, Dr. Kardashian takes a small sample of tissue (called a biopsy) for further evaluation in a lab to determine if cancerous cells are present.

How is skin cancer treated?

That depends on the type of cancer, its location, its stage, and other factors. Cancerous growths need to be removed, and Dr. Kardashian is skilled in different techniques, including Mohs surgery, all of which are designed to ensure all the cancer cells are removed. Sometimes, additional therapies like chemotherapy or radiation therapy are necessary as well. Prior to treatment, Dr. Kardashian reviews the most appropriate treatment option to ensure patients understand the procedure from start to finish, as well as what to expect during recovery.