Skin Lesions and Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and involves abnormal growths of skin cells that can form anywhere on the body, but most frequently appear on skin that is exposed to the sun and elements. Although most cases of skin cancer can be successfully treated, it is still important to keep the skin safe and healthy by wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen and avoiding the sun at the most intense times of the day (10am to 4pm). Living at high altitude, as we all do, increases the risk of sun damage significantly. Early detection of precancerous and cancerous lesions is important to minimize the necessary treatment. Precancerous lesions can be treated with a simple nonsurgical procedure, often preventing a more serious lesion from developing.
When there is concern about a lesion and it is unclear what it is, the lesion can be biopsied (sampled) and problematic lesions and skin cancers can be identified and removed. There are often options available for the removal of lesions and Dr. Kaufman strives to find the most effective and cosmetically preferred method. Plastic surgical principles are always used and additional treatment is available to further improve the appearance of the resulting scar. Ongoing follow-up care is offered to all of our patients.