Skin cancer may be an unpleasant topic to discuss. The idea of dealing with a potentially life-threatening condition is enough to steer most minds off the subject entirely. At Vanguard Skin Specialists, however, we consider it a duty to our patients and our communities to keep the topic of skin cancer at the forefront. This is how we can provide early detection, early treatment, and early cure.
How Prevalent is Skin Cancer?
Before moving on to the good news, let us discuss some of the statistics surrounding skin cancer. As highlighted by the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in the United States, with approximately 9,500 people being diagnosed every day. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other forms of cancer combined.
The Good News
Despite how common and potentially aggressive skin cancer may be, most skin cancers are entirely curable if detected early. One of the saving graces of skin cancer—and how it differs from all other forms of cancer—is that it can be detected with the naked eye. This makes even the most basic examinations highly effective towards detecting abnormal and suspicious growths while they can still be easily treated.
The Key to Early Detection
It cannot be stressed enough the importance of annual total body skin exams. Along with the daily application of an effective broad-spectrum sunscreen, a total body skin exam by your dermatologist is the single most important tool for early detection of skin cancer.
If you have yet to schedule your annual skin exam, we urge you to do so now by calling (719) 355-1585.
Treating Skin Cancer with Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Vanguard is proud to offer Mohs Micrographic Surgery as one of our services towards combating skin cancer. Favored for being the most effective treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers, Mohs Micrographic Surgery can offer up to a 99% cure rate for skin cancers that have not been treated before.
Not only is Mohs Micrographic Surgery a safe and trusted skin cancer treatment, but all lab work is done on-site with same-day results. We also have plastic and reconstructive surgeons on-site to collaborate in the treatment, if needed. We can offer you the peace of mind that we will take care of your needs on the same day in the same office visit.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you have any suspicious moles or if it has been over a year since your last skin exam, we urge you to make an appointment today so we can help guide you through every step of your treatment.
Vanguard Skin Specialists began as a Colorado Springs dermatology practice and now has additional offices in Canon City, Pueblo, and Woodland Park. Vanguard specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, and we also offer general dermatology, plastic surgery, and aesthetic medicine.