Radiation therapy has not been used by dermatologists to treat skin cancer since the 1970s. With this new device, radiation penetrates to only five millimeters beneath the skin’s surface. This shallow penetration and low-dose radiation helps keep the patient and staff safe, allowing treatment to occur in a doctor’s office.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the primary cause of skin cancer. Because Colorado enjoys a sunny climate, skin cancer is a particular concern. In 2015, the age-adjusted incidence of melanoma was 19.6 cases per 100,000 Coloradans. Although the disease is treatable when detected early, in 2015 175 people in Colorado died from melanoma.
“We’re thrilled to be the first and only dermatology clinic in Southern Colorado with the tools to offer patients a precise and painless treatment option for select basal and squamous cell cancers,” said Dr. Reagan Anderson, founder of the Colorado Dermatology Institute.