Skin Cancer

Early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer has been one of the most important progresses in dermatology in the past decades.
Dr. Monique Stengel is an expert in early detection and treatment of skin cancer.

Skin cancers include for example squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type. It usually grows slowly and stays localized. It often occurs on sun-exposed skin and is usually curable, especially if treated early.
Another type of skin cancer is the squamous cell carcinoma or the melanoma.
Malignant melanoma is the most serious type of common skin cancer. Early detection and immediate intervention by a dermatological surgeon are the best treatment for melanoma.

The best strategy against skin cancer is early detection and treatment.
During a skin cancer screening, your doctor will ask about any spots that worry you to find out if a biopsy may be necessary.
Dr. Monique Stengel specializes in performing total body checks, an exam in which she will look at every inch of your skin to determine if there are any atypical skin lesions that need to be documented or removed. People with a history of sun burns, atypical moles and prior history of skin cancer need regular total body examinations.

If there is a suspicious lesion, a biopsy should be made. During this biopsy, a tiny piece of skin is removed. The procedure uses local anesthetic and takes just a few minutes. The information given from the biopsy allows Dr. Stengel to decide if further skin surgery is necessary.

Excisional surgery means cutting the skin lesion out with a scalpel and then suturing the area to close it. Then the edges of the tissue removed are evaluated to determine whether the margins of the lesion are cancer-free. Dr. Stengel performs excisional surgery using local anesthesia. A typical procedure takes 15-30 minutes.

Actinic Keratoses / Pre-Skin Cancers

Actinic keratoses are tiny, pre-cancerous lesions which can occur in sun exposed areas. UV rays from the sun cause damage to the skin cells, forming clusters of atypical cells that can progress into squamous cell carcinoma, a common type of skin cancer. The lesions vary in color from beige to red to pink, and patients often complain of itching or irritation at the site of an actinic keratosis.

You can help minimize the effects of the sun’s UV rays with these great sun protection tips recommended by Dr. Monique Stengel