Why are Precancerous Skin Lesions So Worrisome?

Precancerous skin lesions are what grow on the skin often times prior to the development of a cancerous skin tumor. This is why routine examinations and skin check ups with a board-certified dermatologist are so important. Detection and prevention are key. This is our practice and firm belief at OC Skin Institute. Our team of …

Tips for Limited Sun Exposure and Preventing Skin Cancer

Our practice consists of medical professionals, nurses, aestheticians, board-certified dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons who share a firm belief of the necessity to prevent skin cancer by taking active precautions. Such caution includes the following: Applying SPF daily, especially when exposed to the sun or outdoors. This includes days when the weather is overcast, as the …

Prevent Skin Cancer with Photodynamic Therapy

Skin cancer prevention and detection are critical. With excessive sun exposure, sun protection is a must. In cases where skin cancer cells are detected in the early phases or where pre-cancerous lesions are present, photodynamic therapy is a skin cancer preventative treatment. It uses special chemical compounds that are activated by certain types of light, …

Tests for Skin Cancer & Biopsies

Basal and squamous cell carcinomas, along with other type of skin cancers that are less common, can often be diagnosed with biopsies. A biopsy involves taking a tissue sample that is sent to a lab to be examined for the presence of cancer cells. When a Biopsy is Recommended Skin cancer is diagnosed in one …

Causes & Treatment of Actinic Keratosis

An actinic keratosis is a patch of crusty, scaly skin caused by UV damage to the skin. Actinic keratoses are a precursor to various types of skin cancer. They are most often seen in adults over 40 and individuals who live in sunny climates, work outdoors, or who use sun lamps and tanning beds. Causes …

The Dangers of Precancerous Lesions & Surgical Treatment and Removal

Precancerous lesions can be precursors to certain types of skin cancer and are commonly found on the mouth or other parts of the face. There are four prominent types of precancerous lesions which include: Actinic Keratosis Atypical Fibroxanthoma (AFX) Atypical Moles Melanoma in Situ These types of skin abnormalities are known to develop into skin …

Skin Cancer Removal

Once diagnosed with skin cancer, individuals living in Orange County should contact a skin cancer specialist as soon as possible to discuss options for treating and removing the lesion. The specific removal and reconstruction techniques vary based on the location, size, and type of lesion; however, there are certain steps involved in almost every skin …

Common Skin Cancer Symptoms and Causes

People can develop skin cancer from spending time in the sun without protection. The sun emits ultraviolet light that can cause mutations in the DNA of skin cells. Those who live near the equator have an increased risk of developing cancer from sun exposure. It is imperative that people understand what causes skin cancer so …

Tests for Detecting Melanoma

If you or your physician notice an unusual spot on your body that might be a sign of melanoma, there are a number of tests and questions that you will need to go through. These will help confirm or disprove a skin cancer diagnosis. The usual procedure is as follows: Questions about symptoms. The doctor …

The Essentials of Sun Protection for Children

Children love being out and about enjoying the sun, and it’s good for their health, too. However, a common risk of being outdoors is sun exposure. Skin damage from UV rays can start early on and have effects long after your child has grown. For this reason, it’s important for parents to consider what they …