For years the mainstay of treatment for Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers) has been surgery. While Colorado Dermatology Institute continues to offer surgical options to treat the ever-increasing numbers of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers they are excited to offer patients a non-invasive treatment option.
“As part of our Comprehensive Continuum of Skin Cancer Care, we are proud to be the only Dermatology clinic in Southern Colorado to offer Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) to our patients with select basal and squamous cell carcinomas,” said Reagan Anderson, D.O.
With a cure rate of 95% for select Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers, treatment with the SRT-100™ is performed in the clinic to treat lesions on the head, neck, eyelids, lips, mouth, nose, ears, arms, legs, back and trunk in just minutes!
“NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition distinguishes practices that communicate, collaborate and integrate care in ways that patients want and that improve quality,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I commend the team at CDI for their achievement and for their commitment to continuous improvement.”
To maintain their Level 3 Recognition, CDI must continue these best practices. To do so, CDI’s procedures, philosophy and its commitment to communication and coordinating care with other providers are designed to promote the best possible outcome for each patient.
“Being recognized by the NCQA is such an incredible feeling and knowing that we were the first dermatology clinic in the nation to receive PCSP Level 3 recognition is truly an honor. This wouldn’t be possible without our amazing team,” said Reagan Anderson, D.O. of CDI. “Our team strives to ensure that every patient that comes through our doors feels that sense of quality patient care that we aim to provide every single visit.”
Should you change your skin care regimen from season to season? Colorado Dermatology Institute’s Dr. Reagan Anderson says “Absolutely. It’s important to protect your skin from sun damage even in Spring’s mild weather.”
Here are a few of his expert tips on how to keep your skin healthy and healthy this spring:
Choose the Right Skin CleanserDry skin typically comes with the change of weather and less moisture, so you’ll want to use a cream-based cleanser with Glycerin to create an additional barrier of moisturizer.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!We encourage our patients to use a quality moisturizer and when going outdoors, always use a sun block which contains Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide (or both) with a minimum SPF 30- this is a great way to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Continuing to protect the delicate skin on your lips is just as important. Colorado Dermatology Institute recommends using a lip balm containing sunscreen.
Apply Lip Balm Regularly
About Dr. Anderson
Dr. Reagan Anderson is an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) who specializes in general Dermatology and in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO.
An estimated 9,940 melanoma deaths occur each year in the U.S. alone. That’s approximately one death every hour from. A shocking realization, especially when you live in such a sunny and outdoor driven state such as Colorado.
“By taking part in research projects, the Colorado Dermatology Institute (CDI), is not only helping to develop new treatments and protocols, but it also assures patients that they will have access to the most effective treatments available,” said Reagan Anderson, D.O.
One such treatment is known as Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. Mohs Surgery is highly precise and the most effective method for removing the visible tumor. It also allows the specially trained doctor to see the surface and the roots of the skin cancer.
“This is important because skin cancer is much like a plant in that what you see on the surface can be just the tip,” said Anderson. “What can’t be seen by the naked eye are the roots of the skin cancer that must be removed to be sure that the cancer will not grow back in the same spot.”
Here are a few tips for preventative measures you can take to limit your chances of developing skin cancer:
- Perform a skin self-exam once a month
- Check skin immediately after a shower/bath
- Use a well-lit room, full-length and a hand-held mirror
- Learn where your birthmarks, moles and blemishes are
- Know what they usually look and feel like
- Have someone help examine hard-to-see areas regularly