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Skin Cancer Screenings and Treatment

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach, our board-certified dermatologists are dedicated to the early detection and effective treatment of skin cancer. Regular skin cancer screenings and prompt treatment are essential for maintaining your skin health and overall well-being. Our skilled team uses advanced techniques to diagnose and treat all types of skin cancer, prioritizing your safety and peace of mind.

The Importance of Regular Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with over 5 million cases diagnosed each year. The three main types of skin cancer are:

  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • Melanoma

While BCC and SCC are more common and less aggressive, melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early. Regular skin cancer screenings with a board-certified dermatologist are crucial for identifying potential skin cancers in their earliest stages when they are most treatable.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all adults undergo a full-body skin examination at least once a year, and more frequently if you have a history of skin cancer, numerous moles, or other risk factors such as:

  • Fair skin, light hair, and blue or green eyes
  • A history of sunburns or excessive sun exposure
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • A weakened immune system
  • Certain genetic disorders, such as xeroderma pigmentosum

What to Expect During Your Skin Cancer Screening

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, our skin cancer screenings are thorough, comprehensive, and designed to put you at ease. During your screening, your dermatologist will:

  1. Review your medical history and discuss any concerns or changes you've noticed in your skin
  2. Perform a head-to-toe examination of your skin, paying close attention to any moles, spots, or lesions that appear unusual or suspicious
  3. Use a specialized magnifying tool called a dermatoscope to closely evaluate any areas of concern
  4. Discuss any findings with you and recommend a course of action, which may include monitoring, further testing, or treatment
  5. Provide education on skin self-exams and sun protection measures to help you maintain healthy skin between screenings

If your dermatologist identifies a suspicious lesion during your screening, they may recommend a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous. A biopsy involves removing a small sample of the lesion for laboratory analysis. If skin cancer is diagnosed, your dermatologist will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Advanced Skin Cancer Treatment Options

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, we offer the latest, most effective treatments for all types of skin cancer. Our treatment options include:

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treating BCC and SCC, particularly in sensitive areas like the face, ears, and hands. This precise technique involves removing the cancer layer by layer and examining each layer under a microscope until all cancerous cells are eliminated. Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rates and minimizes scarring by preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.

Excisional Surgery

Excisional surgery involves numbing the area and carefully cutting out the entire skin cancer, along with a margin of healthy tissue. The wound is then closed with stitches. This method is often used for melanoma and certain types of BCC and SCC.

Electrodessication and Curettage (ED&C)

Electrodessication and curettage (ED&C) is a quick, effective in-office procedure for treating certain types of skin cancers. Lidocaine injection is used to numb the skin. A special tool called curette is used to carefully scrape away the cancerous tissue. Then an electrical current is applied with a fine needle to destroy any remaining cancer cells and minimize bleeding.


Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy small, superficial skin cancers and precancerous lesions (actinic keratoses). This non-invasive treatment causes the lesion to blister and fall off, typically with minimal scarring.

Topical Chemotherapy

Topical chemotherapy creams, such as 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or imiquimod, may be used to treat superficial BCC, SCC in situ (Bowen's disease), or actinic keratoses. These creams work by selectively destroying cancerous or precancerous cells while leaving healthy skin unharmed.

Your dermatologist will recommend the most appropriate treatment option based on the type, size, location, and depth of your skin cancer, as well as your individual needs and preferences.

Comprehensive Skin Cancer Care and Support

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, we understand that a skin cancer diagnosis can be stressful and overwhelming. That's why we provide comprehensive care and support throughout your treatment journey, including:

  • Detailed explanations of your diagnosis and treatment options
  • Coordination with other specialists, such as plastic surgeons or oncologists, if needed
  • Wound care and scar management guidance
  • Ongoing monitoring and follow-up to detect any recurrences or new skin cancers early
  • Emotional support and resources to help you cope with the physical and psychological impact of skin cancer

Our goal is to not only treat your skin cancer effectively but also to empower you with the knowledge and tools to maintain healthy skin for life.

Why Choose Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics for Skin Cancer Screenings and Treatment?

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, our board-certified dermatologists have extensive experience in detecting and treating skin cancer using the most advanced, evidence-based techniques. We prioritize your health, safety, and satisfaction throughout your care journey.

Our state-of-the-art facility in Newport Beach offers a welcoming, compassionate environment where you can feel confident in the care you receive. We understand that facing skin cancer can be daunting, which is why we take a personalized approach to your care, ensuring that you feel informed, supported, and empowered every step of the way.

Schedule Your Skin Cancer Screening Today

Don't wait to prioritize your skin health. Schedule your skin cancer screening with our experienced dermatologists at Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach today.

Contact us to book your appointment and take a proactive step towards protecting your skin and overall well-being. We look forward to partnering with you on your journey to healthy, cancer-free skin.