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Melanoma treatment in Frisco, TX

At Rodgers Dermatology, we specialize in evaluating and treating all growths of the skin. We provide specialized care for patients with all stages of melanoma, from early-stage growths to advanced metastatic cancer, as well as for patients who are healthy but at higher risk of the disease due to family history, genetic mutations, or having many abnormal moles. We also care for patients with other types of skin cancer, including Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Treatment plans not only include cancers but also moles and age-related growths. We offer full services that include evaluation, pathology, and treatment. We create highly individualized treatment plans for every patient and every problem, and we pride ourselves on our fast, friendly, and professional care. Together, our specialists review, assess, and develop treatment options based on your unique needs. Learn more about melanoma skin cancer facts and statistics.

Diagnosis of Melanoma

The most widely recognized indication of skin cancer is the change of your skin’s color or texture. Look for anything new or different in your skin, especially in areas more commonly exposed to the sun. Using the ABCDE’s of Melanoma can help in the early detection of skin cancer. The ABCDE’s of melanoma are: asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving. 

We recommend knowing and remembering where you have moles on your skin. It is common that melanoma appears in an existing mole or looks like a new mole. When caught in the beginning and treated early, melanoma is often curable.

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Tips On What To Look For

  • A mole on the skin that is growing, changing shape, or changing color
  • A mole that looks scaly, oozes, or bleeds
  • A new dark spot on the skin that looks like a mole, but grows quickly
  • Pain, itching, or bleeding in a new spot on the skin
  • Streak (usually melanoma tumors are brown or black) underneath a fingernail or toenail
  • Bruise on the foot that does not heal

Call Rodgers Dermatology if you have any questions or concerns or if you’ve noticed any of these signs of melanoma skin cancer.

What Causes Melanoma Skin Cancer?

Many risk factors for melanoma have been found, but it’s not always clear exactly how they might cause cancer. Usually, it affects the parts of the body that are most exposed to the sun, but any other area could be affected since cancers can be caused by DNA mutations. 

Prevention is key since around 90% of all skin cancer is curable if treated early! Regular skin exams and skin cancer screenings are the best way to determine if further action and treatment is required.

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How Rogers Dermatology Diagnoses Melanoma

  • Physical Exam – Our specialists will ask you questions about your health history, and family disease. We will examine your skin to look for any signs that may indicate melanoma.
  • Biopsy – We will remove a sample of tissue for testing. The type of biopsy will depend on your particular case. We take care of each client on a custom treatment. There is no standardized procedure that we apply for every client. It could also include a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB).

Melanoma Treatment

If you receive a diagnosis showing evidence of melanoma cells, the next step is to determine the extent (stage) of the cancer, if the melanoma has spread. Melanoma is staged using the Roman numerals from 0 through IV. At stage 0 and stage I, melanoma is small and has a very successful treatment rate. The higher the numeral, the lower the chances of a full recovery. At Stage III, the melanoma has spread to nearby lymph nodes or nearby skin. By stage IV, the cancer has spread beyond your skin to other organs, such as your lungs or liver. In some cases where melanoma has spread, removal of the lymph nodes near the primary diagnosis site may be required.

The type of treatment(s) your doctor recommends will depend on the stage of the melanoma and the location of the melanoma. Other factors can be important as well, such as the risk of the cancer returning after treatment, if the cancer cells have certain gene changes and your overall health. 

The same type of skin cancer can look very different from person to person, so the treatment also should be unique from patient to patient. There are many different treatments for different types, such as radiation therapy for stage IV, that attacks cancer cells and shrinks tumors. Targeted therapy is when drugs are used to attack specific cancer cells.

At Rodgers Dermatology, we are constantly looking to advance our treatment options and improve the quality of our patient’s lives. We will determine the most effective cancer treatment for an individual patient. We work to help every patient succeed on their road to healing physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

If you have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. The earlier a skin cancer is detected, the greater the likelihood of successful treatment.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodgers for melanoma treatment in Frisco, TX

If you are worried about melanoma in Frisco, give yourself the peace of mind of early detection and prevention by seeing Rodgers Dermatology today! Request an appointment online or give us a call at 972-704-2400 to speak with our friendly, welcoming staff about your skin cancer concerns.

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