Skin Cancer Specialist

The Dermatology Institute of Georgia

Felicity M. Warren, MD

Dermatologist located in Lilburn, GA

Did you know skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America? At The Dermatology Institute of Georgia, Dr. Felicity M. Warren offers thorough skin cancer screenings and care to residents of both Lilburn and Acworth, Georgia. It’s never too early or too late to have a comprehensive professional skin cancer screening. Schedule your appointment today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What is skin cancer?

There are three main kinds of skin cancer. While some types of cancer begin in other areas and spread to the skin, true skin cancer originates in skin cells.

The three types of skin cancer include:

  • Melanomas
  • Squamous cell carcinomas
  • Basal cell carcinomas

Each of these skin cancers has a unique treatment path, but early detection is the key to a favorable outcome. Learning what to look for is essential, but taking the time actually to check your skin from head to toe for irregularities is sometimes easier said than done.

What are the signs of skin cancer?

Basal cell and squamous cell cancers reside in areas that get regular sun exposure, like your head or arms. They often appear as new sores, bumps, or growths that don’t heal quickly.

They can be red, pink, translucent, or varied in color. These areas of skin can also be flat or raised or rough or smooth.

Melanoma often appears in the form of a new or unusual mole. Most people have one or more moles, but when they have irregular borders, are blotchy in color, or grow larger, Dr. Warren needs to check them out.

How is skin cancer diagnosed?

Diagnosis begins with a thorough physical examination. Dr. Felicity Warren checks for any irregularities in your skin. If she sees anything troubling, she takes a biopsy, which is a small sample of skin cells. Lab testing can determine if the sample contains cancerous cells.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 10,000 Americans receive a skin cancer diagnosis every year.  

What are some skin cancer treatment options?

Dr. Warren guides you to the treatment that’s best for you, depending on the type of skin cancer, its location, and how advanced it is.

Standard skin cancer treatment options usually include:

  • Freezing the affected cells
  • Excisional surgery to remove cancer cells
  • Mohs surgery to shave away thin layers of tissue
  • Curettage to eliminate cancer cells, followed by electrodesiccation or cryotherapy

Is it possible to prevent skin cancer?

There may be a genetic component to skin cancer, but there are also plenty of things you can do to prevent cancer from developing. A rigorous program of sun protection is a great place to start, and routine skin cancer screenings are also important.

Your skin cancer screening is just a quick phone call away. Reach out to The Dermatology Institute of Georgia to book your appointment today.