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Why People of Color Are More Likely to Die from Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer in La Mesa

Skin cancer is more likely to affect people with fair complexions. So why is it that people of color with skin cancer are so likely to die from it? The doctors at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic in La Mesa, CA are pretty sure they know what’s responsible: delayed diagnosis. Read on to learn more about the problem and what you can do to protect yourself. What Research Tells Us In study after study, the data leads medical professionals to an alarming conclusion: people of color  with melanoma are more likely to die from it than their white counterparts. Most recently, … Continue reading

Celebrate National Cancer Prevention Month by Understanding Your Skin Cancer Risk

Cancer prevention month La Mesa

Did you know February is National Cancer Prevention Month? The team at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic believes the best way to observe this month is to help patients understand their skin cancer risk. Here, we discuss skin cancer and your skin cancer risk. What Is Skin Cancer? Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells develop and divide uncontrollably. Skin cancer, as its name suggests, is the abnormal growth of skin cells. It can occur on any area of your body, not just areas exposed to the sun. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United … Continue reading

Photodynamic Therapy Treats Pre-Cancerous Growths Invisible To the Naked Eye

Photodynamic Therapy in San Diego

Not all sun damage is permanent. Sometimes sun damage can be undone. However, in order to target the sun damage a doctor must use a specialized treatment. The experienced team of doctors at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic utilize photodynamic therapy (also called PDT) as a specialized treatment for pre-cancerous lesions. Here, we discuss how photodynamic therapy treats pre-cancerous growths. What Is Actinic Keratoses? Your skin shows evidence of sun damage, some of which is barely visible to the naked eye. One indication that your skin has experienced sun damage is actinic keratoses. Actinic keratoses are small lesions that can be … Continue reading

Warning Signs You Need to See a Dermatologist for Skin Cancer Risk

Skin Cancer Signs to Look for

About 20% of Americans develop skin cancer at some point in their lives, but as far as cancer goes, it is one of the easiest types to survive. This is especially true for patients who seek treatment for their skin cancer early on. To get it treated early, you need to detect it early, so it’s helpful to know the warning signs to look for. The team at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic advises you to keep an eye on the following potential signs of skin cancers: Moles To keep on top of melanoma risks, the number one thing to look … Continue reading

Steps to Take for Early Skin Cancer Treatment and Prevention

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Skin cancer is one of a few cancer types that you can see develop. Growths and moles form on the skin that can easily be studied at home and by our dermatologists at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center in La Mesa. While 99 percent of skin cancer cases are curable, it depends on early diagnosis and treatment. Unchecked cancerous lesions may lead to disfigurement and become deadly as the skin cancer spreads to other areas of the body.   Everyday Habits That May Prevent Skin Cancer The single best thing you can do to mitigate your risk … Continue reading

Why You Still Need to Worry About Skin Cancer in the Winter

Skin Cancer protection in Winter

Many people toss aside their sunscreen when sweater-weather arrives in the fall and winter months, but this time of year is just as harmful (if not more so) than the summer sun. Cool and cloudy days and changing seasons don’t make the sun’s rays less dangerous. That fireball in the sky sends down UV rays whether it’s rainy, sunny or snowy. Our dermatologists recommend wearing 30 SPF or higher sunscreen year-round.  Winter May be More Dangerous for Your Skin There are two forms of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. UVA rays cause the skin to tan, develop dark spots … Continue reading

What Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Can Do For You

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in San Diego

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a specialized treatment for pre-cancerous lesions. PDT uses a light-activated drug (or photosensitizing agent) to destroy pre-cancer cells without harming nearby tissues. The treatment triggers your body’s own immune system to strike the tumor cells not only in the treated area but other parts of the body. At Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center, we offer PDT to effectively treat pre-cancerous lesions. Are Treated with PDT?  In dermatology, Photodynamic therapy is an alternative option for actinic keratoses and pre-cancerous lesions because it limits the damage to surrounding healthy cells by targeting abnormal cells … Continue reading

Dermatologists in La Mesa, CA explain Mohs micrographic surgery for precise skin cancer removal

Mohs micrographic surgery is precisely performed to remove skin cancer with minimal margins, preserving as much healthy tissues as possible.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is common, dangerous, and visible. When detected and treated early, the outlook is good for most skin cancers. In La Mesa, CA, the Board-certified dermatologists at Grossmont Dermatology offer skin cancer treatment including Mohs micrographic surgery. What is Mohs micrographic surgery? Mohs surgery is a microscopically controlled procedure to treat skin cancer. Because it is such a precise procedure, Mohs surgery is often performed in areas where there is little extra skin. Treatment areas often include the face, ears, hands, feet, and genitalia. Mohs surgery is a method … Continue reading

San Diego patients with skin cancer can find compassionate, effective treatment here

San Diego patients with skin cancer can find compassionate, effective treatment here

At Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center, patients in the San Diego area can enjoy quality care for a variety of skin and body concerns. Skin cancer is a serious diagnosis that should not be taken lightly. When patients hear the words “skin cancer,” they often have many questions for their physician. Skin cancer diagnosis and treatment is easier than any other type of cancer. With early detection and appropriate treatment, patients can recover from skin cancer and continue to live a high quality of life. What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is an abnormality of skin … Continue reading

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