Chang Soo Kim, MD-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Director
   
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Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer“Skin cancer monitoring and prevention are essential to exceptional skin health.”  Dr. Kim

Trust your skin cancer to a board certified plastic surgeon. Gold Coast Plastic Surgery and Laser Center provides state of the art skin cancer screening and treatment for patients of all ages. Dr. Kim also works closely with your internist, dermatologist and other specialists to ensure a comprehensive approach to your skin health. Skin cancer affects millions of patients each year. Fortunately, the most common types of skin cancer can be treated with straightforward office procedures. Check all of your moles and skin lesions for the ABCDEs.

A –  Asymmetry or uneven shape and appearance
B –  Borders with blurred or uneven edges
C –  Color that is uneven, changing or very dark
D –  Diameter larger than 6mm or the size of a pencil eraser
E –  Elevation above the skin surface

In the United States, the most common types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCCA) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCCA). These are usually low grade skin cancers with little or no chance of spread to lymph nodes and other organs. Each can have a varied appearance. Common locations are on the head and neck, back and extremities, where sun exposure is greatest. However, these can occur anywhere on the skin.

Melanoma skin cancer is less common but the incidence is increasing. This type of skin cancer is more serious and can spread to lymph nodes and distant organs. Although sun exposure is important in the formation of melanoma, genetics likely play a role in its formation. Common locations are on the head and neck, back and extremities.

Treatment of skin cancer is dependant on the type of cancer and its location. Some early skin cancers can be shaved, cauterized or frozen. However, many require surgical removal. Small cancer skin defects can be sutured. Some skin wounds require more complicated surgical reconstruction such as a skin graft or skin flap. These include large skin cancers, lesions in cosmetically sensitive areas of the face, and skin cancers in areas with little or no skin laxity. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Kim can counsel you about your options. The most important aspects of skin cancer treatment are early detection, complete removal and routine screening.