About Our Treatments
Knowing that it is highly likely that you could develop skin cancer at one time in your life, wouldn't it make sense to have any questionable mole, non-healing wound, or dramatic change in your skin examined? We think so. Healthy skin is essential to living well. Our providers can diagnose and treat skin cancer in all stages at SkinMD in Hurst and Weatherford, TX.
Our team can provide you with compassionate, quality care while increasing your chances of beating cancer with early detection (when possible) and state-of-the-art technologies and instruments. If you need a practice that can give you excellent care, a comforting atmosphere, and the world-class skin cancer treatments you need — we invite you to learn more. Our skin cancer treatments may include excision, cryotherapy, Mohs surgery, electrodesiccation, and curettage. You are encouraged to schedule an examination for skin cancer and/or biopsy of an abnormal skin growth at your earliest convenience at either office in Hurst or Weatherford, TX. Our providers accept referral patients and recurrent skin cancer patients.
Skin Cancer Treatments Reviews
"Great skin care professionals & so attentive to my skin cancers 😘"- G.L. / Office Visit / May 25, 2019
"Since referred to Mark Brooks at SkinMd I have been very happy with the services they provide. They explain what will be done, how to take care of procedures afterwards. Mark Brooks and Staff at SkinMd are the best."- J.D. / Office Visit / May 08, 2019
"The care i have received from both Karen Sticka, Dr Swayden and Stacy (sorry, i lost her last name) has been nothing short of fantastic. All quite knowledgeable, which has bolstered my confidence in their advice. Plus, bedside manner for the squeemish person that I am has been very comforting!"- R.C. / Office Visit / Jul 02, 2019
"Had a late appt at 4:10. Didn't matter to Mr Brooks, he was not in a rush and throughly examined my body while answering all questions. He explained each site of minor to major concern. Forthright and professional. Highly recommend seeing Mr. Brooks. I work in the medical field as well and understand how patients can ask so many questions. He took the time to answer all and prepared a plan for me. From the receptionist to the staff provider in room made you feel welcomed and comfortable during the whole process. This has been my second visit and will continue to see Mr Brooks and his staff. Great customer service and rapport!"- K.W. / Office Visit / Jul 09, 2019
"Dr Swayden always takes the time to do a thorough exam and answer my questions. Her medical staff is caring and friendly. I'm a fair-skinned blonde so I'm grateful to have a doctor and staff that truly goes above and beyond in skin care!"- A.M. / Office Visit / Jul 18, 2019
Types of Skin Cancer
There are several types of pre-skin cancer and skin cancers that are identifiable for treatment:
- Actinic keratoses (AK)
When you have exposed your skin to many years of sunlight, you risk the development of actinic keratoses (AK) later in life on the head, throat, hands, and arms. Many medical practitioners deem AK as precancerous because it is likely to morph into a squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer). You can identify AK by the scaly, dry spots with lesions on the skin that will not go away without medical intervention.
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
Known as the most prevalent skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma (BCC), can show up anywhere you have skin and look like flesh-colored bulge under the skin, a pink spot, a mole — it is best to have a trained medical provider take a look at your skin. A BCC traditionally is diagnosed with a shave biopsy.
- Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common kind of skin cancer. Developing on skin that gets the most sun and UV exposure, SCC looks like prominent red bumps, discolored lumps, scaly patches, or sores that frequently bleed but do not heal. It can look like an advanced actinic keratoses condition. Treating SCC quickly can save you from cancer that spreads throughout your body.
Melanoma can be recognized by the ABCDE (asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolution) markers used to identify melanoma. It is a rare form of skin cancer that does not have a great prognosis. If left undiagnosed and untreated, melanoma can cause death.
Prepare yourself for the chance that you will need to have a biopsy of any unusual skin cells to validate the diagnosis before an invasive procedure takes place. In many cases, a biopsy is performed in the same appointment by numbing the area before a sample of the tissue is shaved off or excised (in part or whole) to test for cancer or precancer cells. If our providers cannot determine if your cells are cancer in our office, the sample will be sent out to a laboratory for testing. After we receive the pathology report, you'll be contacted to hear the results. We will meet in person to discuss the next steps in your treatment.
If you have skin cancer, you may be a candidate for:
- Cryotherapy (freezing)
- Mohs surgery
- Electrodesiccation and curettage
If you are a patient with an advanced type of skin cancer, you may require:
- Retinoid therapy
- Biologic therapy with Interferon
You Have Options at SkinMD
If you are due for an annual skin exam, are already visiting SkinMD for other dermatological treatments, or have a suspicious lesion you would like to have screened, then contact either of our offices in Hurst or Weatherford, TX. If you already have a diagnosis and would like to explore your treatment options, our doors are open to you as well. Call and schedule a skin cancer evaluation for diagnosis and treatment today because identifying the risk factors and detecting cancer or pre-cancer in the early stages is always better for your prognosis. Call today.