Skin Cancer in Providence, UT
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What is Skin Cancer?
People who have spent time in the sun or in tanning beds can develop skin cancer. Skin cancers are abnormal growths that can appear on the skin. When caught in the early stages, skin cancer is highly treatable. At Providence Dermatology, Dr. Travis James specializes in the detection and treatment of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, including:
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC): As the most common type of cancer, BCC can develop anywhere on the body and may appear as a pink, flesh-colored, or pearl-like bump.
- Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC): This is the second most common type of skin cancer. Forming on skin that gets the most sun exposure, SCC appears as scaly patches; red, firm bumps; and/or sores that frequently reopen.
- Melanoma: Melanoma often begins as a dark growth or as a sudden change to an existing mole. Dr. James uses the ABCDs to identify melanoma — asymmetry, border, color, and diameter. Since melanoma has the potential to spread to other parts of the body, it should be treated promptly.
Actinic Keratosis: Also called solar keratosis. Actinic keratosis appears as rough scaly patch of skin that could possibly become cancerous if left untreated.
Dr. James utilizes surgical options as well as non-surgical options like liquid nitrogen, topical chemotherapy agents, and Omnilux PDT™ photodynamic therapy technology to treat certain non-melanoma skin lesions. This device employs a combination of pure light, red light, and blue light to safely treat your skin. To learn more about our innovative skin cancer treatment methods, contact our office in Providence, UT to schedule an appointment.
How Is Skin Cancer Treated?
Skin cancer is usually first identified during a visual skin check. If any suspicious growths are present, Dr. James may remove a small sample to perform a biopsy to check for cancer or other skin conditions. Several surgical treatments may be recommended for a patient with skin cancer. Simple excision removes cancerous tissue and is an ideal choice for cancer that hasn't spread. Mohs surgery is used for more advanced cases. Cancerous growths are removed in thin layers and examined under a microscope to determine how healthy the tissue is. This technique allows us to slowly remove cancerous cells while sparing as much healthy skin as possible.
Omnilux PDT may be recommended for treating certain forms of skin cancer. This straightforward treatment uses pulses of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to target specific levels of the skin. The skin absorbs the light, which then encourages cellular regeneration and collagen production.
Providence Dermatology Reviews
Dr. James was great! He was so knowledgeable and honest during my appointment. I was happy with the professionalism and the results!
We love Dr James! I’ve gone to Dr James for several things, for me and my kids. The staff has always been polite and Dr James has been respectful, knowledgeable, and thorough. He did so well with my 4 year old with doing an unpleasant procedure. We’ve loved our experience at providence dermatology! 10 out of 10 recommend!!!
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Dr. Travis James is the most wonderful doctor. He is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to explain what is happening, why, and how to treat the issue. I appreciated his calm demeanor and reassurance in treatment options . He took what was a very stressful situation and helped me process what was going on. Can’t recommend him enough.
Love this place! The staff was very kind and helpful; their office uses great technology making it easy to sign all the release forms. Dr. James is wonderful and made me feel at ease during my appointment. I will absolutely be back!
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Don't Let Skin Cancer Get the Best of You
The dedicated team at Providence Dermatology is prepared to treat many types of skin cancer. Using a combination of techniques, most of which can be performed in the comfort of our office, we can help remove cancerous cells or repair some of the damage inflicted by skin cancer. Call our Providence, UT office to request a consultation with Dr. James.