Skin Cancer Treatment in San Antonio, TX
Treatment for Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting 1 in 5 Americans before the age of 70. Early detection and the help of a San Antonio dermatologist can drastically increase the survival rate, making early detection critical! Unlike other cancers, skin cancer can be easier to detect because it typically develops outside the body. From skin cancer screening to diagnosis, Texas Skin and Vein is your trusted guide to skin cancer treatment.
Skin cancer treatment begins with proper skin cancer screening in San Antonio at a San Antonio skin and cancer clinic like Texas Skin & Vein. Regular screenings with a dermatologist and monthly self-exams are recommended. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Straight if you see a new growth, mole, sore, skin color patch or if a current growth changes in size or color. If diagnosed with skin cancer, we can help with your treatment plan.
Treatment for skin cancer depends on the aggressiveness and type of cancer. A dermatologist will typically remove the growth and the surrounding area to ensure all malignant cells are excised. Chemotherapy, laser therapy, or cryotherapy are other routes of treatment that may be suggested by a San Antonio skin and cancer doctor.
Should you seek treatment?
- In the worst case, skin cancer can kill you if left untreated.
- Skin cancer can cause changes in the skin like dryness, itchiness, bleeding, or rash.
- Skin cancer can recur.
- Skin cancer can metastasize or spread to other areas of the body.
Side effects of skin cancer treatment vary depending on the size and aggressiveness of the cancer and thus how extensive the procedure needs to be. The Texas Skin & Vein team will help you be aware of any side effects before suggesting a treatment. Side effects may include:
- Scarring of the treated area
- Pain, swelling, bruising, or bleeding in and around the treated area
- Numbness or nerve damage