Category: Skin Cancer

Non-Surgical Skin Cancer Options

non surgical skin cancer treatmentsWe’re proud to be the only dermatology clinic in southern Colorado to offer patients an effective non-surgical treatment option for select non-melanoma skin cancers. using Superficial Radiotherapy with the SRT-100™.

The device is small enough to fit into regular exam rooms and has short treatment sessions as well as an excellent cure rate. This system serves as a crucial medical role in the treatment of select non-melanoma skin cancers and our specially trained dermatologists in Colorado Springs are always happy to help.

Do you believe you may have skin cancer? We can help! Call us to schedule your appointment today at 719.531.5400 or visit CoDerm.com

Does Indoor Tanning Increase The Risk Of Skin Cancer?

skin cancer screaningsThinking about getting tan this summer? Think again. Colorado’s high altitude means the UV rays are more intense than in other parts of the country and this makes it very easy to get overexposed. But did you know that some of the most harmful rays come from indoor tanning beds?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, even one indoor tanning session can increase a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29%. Be aware of possible warning signs and treatment options, call us today 719.531.5400.

Learn more from a former tanning salon employee about the dangers of tanning here:

https://blog.skincancer.org/2018/05/31/confessions-former-tanning-salon-employee/. Credit: Skin Cancer Foundation.

Non-invasive Skin Cancer Treatment With SRT-100™

non invasive skin cancer treatment colorado srpingsPatients suffering from Basal and Squamous Cell cancers now have another option when it comes to skin cancer treatment that is precise and non-invasive. Our Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Reagan Anderson, D.O. states that patients will receive a safe and highly effective non-surgical alternative for skin cancer treatment using Superficial Radiotherapy with Sensus Healthcare’s SRT-100™.

Non Invasive Skin Cancer Treatment Options

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!

Springs Dermatology Clinic Offers Leading Medical Skin Cancer Treatments

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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