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.

I have been to the majority of the dermatologists in the valley and many of the PAs. Dr James is the first doctor to actually change my quality of life with his expertise and care.

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Really welcoming and amazing treatments provided!!

M.D. Google

5 stars is literally not enough! I can not express my gratitude to Dr. Travis James and his staff! I have been seeing Dr. James, since June of 2023. He has always provided me and my family with the highest level of care and dedication. I have always felt seen and heard about my concerns and questions. He always takes the time to talk me through all of the available options and costs to help meet my needs. He is dedicated to finding solutions and helping me heal. His office staff are very compassionate and caring. They make us feel like family! His staff is flexible with scheduling and so kind if you ever need to change an appointment. His office is convenient and comfortable, while professional and equipped with a variety of treatments. Dr James is a hidden gem on the south end of the valley. BEST DR. EVER!

J.B. Google

Dr. Travis James is the most kind, caring, passionate, dedicated, and helpful doctor I have ever been too. He genuinely cares about the people and loves what he does. He has worked tirelessly to help me and my mom with our rosacea. Dr. Travis James is incredibly knowledgeable and always provides options to help meet our needs. His staff is incredible and so kind. I look forward to going to their office for my appointments because of the great atmosphere and dedication to helping us heal and be better. :)

M.B. Google

I strongly recommend Providence Dermatology for any skincare needs. The office staff is very competent and always friendly. Doctor James is an awesome guy and an even better doctor. My family and I have gone here for a few years now, and they just keep getting better!. Keep up the great work!

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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.

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How can I lower my risk of skin cancer?

While it is not possible to completely eliminate your risk of developing skin cancer, there are ways to lower your risk. These include avoiding prolonged sun exposure and tanning beds, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen when spending any amount of time outdoors. Dr. James can provide custom recommendations for reducing your risk based on your skin type and history.

Is skin cancer always treatable?

When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. However, if left undetected or untreated for too long, it can spread to other parts of the body and become more difficult to manage. That is why regular skin checks at Providence Dermatology are so important. Rest assured that we are committed to providing the most effective and advanced treatments for all types of skin cancer.

Is skin cancer only caused by sun exposure?

While excessive sun exposure is a major risk factor for skin cancer, it is not the only cause. Other factors like genetics, age, and certain medical conditions can also increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer. It is important to be vigilant with your skin health and consult with a dermatologist if you notice any changes or abnormalities.

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