If you or your dermatologist detect a concerning spot during a skin check, it’s important to act quickly. A board-certified dermatologist can help you determine the right steps for treatment, and the first step is confirming cancer through a diagnosis. From there, your dermatologist can help you understand your treatment options.
The short answer is yes. Skin biopsies are the best and most effective way to confirm your diagnosis and determine whether a spot on your skin has begun cancerous activity. Although you or your dermatologist may have suspicions about a spot, the only way to confirm that it’s cancer is through a biopsy procedure. Our team can perform skin cancer biopsies right at our Mesa office.
A skin biopsy is where a board-certified dermatologist takes a small sample of the growth on your skin. It’s a quick and easy procedure that can be performed in-office. The sample is then observed under a microscope to determine whether there’s any cancerous activity. Once your dermatologist has a confirmation, you can discuss your next steps.
In the best case, the cancer has not spread to other areas of the body – this is likely if you don’t have any other symptoms. It’s still important to check with your regular physician and oncology team to check for cancer elsewhere. Skin cancer becomes much more difficult to treat once it spreads to other areas of the body, which is why it’s important to detect and treat skin cancer early.
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“I was able to get an appointment in a reasonable time. I was in and out in less than a half-hour and that included taking a biopsy and freezing about a dozen pre-cancer sports. They are going to send the results to my dermatologist in Sun City West."
“I went to Hamblin Dermatology with several concerns. Everyone in the office was kind, cheerful and pleasant to work with. I was well taken care of."
“I had my first visit with Dr. Hamblin and was very impressed with him and his staff! I definitely feel confident with his treatment! I Have already recommended him to several people."
“I was impressed with the competence and professionalism of Dr. Hamblin and his staff. They diagnosed my problem and performed a surgical intervention thoroughly, being very careful to protect the medical and cosmetic results. I consider myself to be very lucky to have found Hamblin Dermatology based on the recommendation of my personal physician."
Your dermatologist will perform your skin biopsy using a local anesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain. It can be overwhelming to hear that you may have skin cancer, but your dermatologist will make sure you feel informed, comfortable, and ready to make decisions about your care plan.
The best way to determine your needs for skin cancer treatment is through a skin biopsy. To meet with our team and learn more about what to expect, contact Sunrise Dermatology at our Mesa office by calling or filling out our online form.
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