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Medical Dermatology

The dermatology providers at Valley Dermatology have the medical training and experience to diagnose and treat a wide variety of skin conditions. They can treat conditions related to the skin, hair, and nails. From simple rashes to serious multisystem concerns, your skin concerns will be addressed. Our providers use the most up to date research and standard of care guidelines to manage patients. The dermatology providers at Valley Dermatology also perform sergery according to the needs of their patients. This can be done for malignant conditions such as proven skin cancers to ensure clearance but can also be done for unwanted benign moles, skin tags, cysts, as well as other benign growths.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer.

Melanoma

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Performing skin self exams can help you detect the following warning signs of melanoma in moles (ABCDEs):

  • Assymetry - one half does not look like the other half.
  • Border - irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border.
  • Color - varied from one area to another, shades of tan and brown or black, sometimes white, red, or blue.
  • Diameter - typically greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser).
  • Evolving - a mole or lesion that looks different from the rest or is chnaging in size, shape or color, a mole that becomes painful or begins to bleed or itch.

Melanoma begins on the serface of the skin, but if given time to grow, can grow down through the skin reaching the blood and lymphatic system, which can allow it to spread (metastize) through the body. If allowed to metastasize, melanoma can be life threatening. However, when detected early, melanoma is highly treatable.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer and typically develops on skin that has been exposed to the sun for many years such as the head, neck, and back of the hands.