Skin Cancer Specialist

Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic

Jean-Denis Boucher, MD, FAAD

Dermatologist located in San Antonio, TX

An estimated 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancers every day and the rate increases for those over 40. Understanding the signs and risk factors is the key to prevention; when identified early, most skin cancers are easily treatable. To find out more about skin cancer risks and treatments, call Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic in San Antonio or book an appointment online today.

Skin Cancer Q & A

by Jean-Denis Boucher, MD, FAAD

What is skin cancer?

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet rays, from sunlight or tanning beds, and they tend to develop on the face, neck, and hands. If detected early and treated promptly, both types are almost always curable.

Melanoma is the most deadly type, although it only accounts for about 1% of all skin cancer cases. Melanoma develops in the same skin cells that create moles, and it can spread quickly to other areas of the body. When diagnosed in its earliest stages, melanoma is highly treatable.

Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, people with fair skin are more at risk. Prevention starts by minimizing sun exposure and the use of good sunscreen shade by Dr. Boucher block the full spectrum of light UVB , UVA , and natural light. 

The regular sunscreen block UVB and UVA but not the natural light, are very important for high-risk patients. The more fair skin is, more risk of developing skin cancer 

When you block the full spectrum of light, it’s also beneficial for people’s that are prone to melasma ( darkening of the skin from pregnancy, hormones replacement, birth control pill and sometimes without a knowing causes) it’s also beneficial for people’s with 

Sun-induced skin diseases or diseases worsen by suns 

How is skin cancer diagnosed?

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Skin cancer can occur anywhere on your body, but it tends to develop in areas that have suffered the sun’s UV rays for years, such as the face, neck, hands, or lower legs.

In many cases, skin cancer can be suspected through a visual exam. Dr. Boucher will perform a full-body exam to check for any unusual growths or marks on your skin, such as a mole or lesion. If he notices anything suspicious, he will perform a biopsy to determine what type of cancer, if any, you have.

How is skin cancer treated?

At Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic, Dr. Boucher offers numerous treatment options for all types of skin cancer, including:

SRT-100

SRT-100 is a painless, effective nonsurgical treatment with excellent cure rates for basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. The superficial radiation targets abnormal cells on the skin’s surface by disrupting cell division, affecting the cancer cells’ ability to reproduce while preserving the healthy skin surrounding the treatment area.

Excision

Surgical excision is an effective treatment for melanoma. Dr. Boucher uses a scalpel to remove any cancerous growths, including moles, lesions, and any affected surrounding tissue.

ED&C

Electrodesiccation and curettage (ED&C) is a simple procedure used to treat small lesions by scraping the skin down to the unaffected layer. It’s an effective substitute for surgery and is used when the cancerous growth only affects the top layers of the skin.

Mohs surgery

Commonly used to treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, Mohs micrographic surgery effectively removes all cancer cells while leaving as much of the surrounding healthy skin as possible intact. During the procedure, Dr. Boucher progressively removes layers of affected skin and examines them under a microscope until only cancer-free skin remains.

To schedule an exam or learn more about your skin cancer treatment options, call or book an appointment online today.