Buckeye Dermatology board-certified dermatologists help patients understand and manage medical conditions that affect both the appearance and health of their skin, hair, and nails. We offer expert evaluation and treatment for an extensive range of medical dermatology conditions, including Skin Cancer, Acne, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Melanoma, and more.
Skin cancer screenings
Only a dermatologist can diagnose skin cancer. The skincare experts at Buckeye Dermatology have been specially trained to spot suspicious moles and skin irregularities. We have clinics with the technology and tools to screen for skin cancer. A complete skin check takes less than 30 minutes and includes careful examination of your entire body (including areas you can’t see, like the scalp and back).
Most skin cancers are highly treatable, especially when they’re caught early, so having skin cancer screenings is an important part of your healthcare routine.
What are the symptoms of skin cancer?
Both basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) manifest in various symptoms. These skin cancer forms are typically painless and grow slowly and may show up anywhere on your body.
Basal Cell Carcinoma Symptoms:
In the beginning, basal cell carcinoma appears as a small “pearly” flesh-colored mole or a pimple that doesn’t go away. Sometimes they can look dark, or you may see shiny pink or red patches slightly scaly. Another symptom is a waxy, hard skin growth. Basal cell carcinomas are fragile and can bleed easily. BCCs usually develop on skin exposed to the sun, such as the face, head, and neck.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Symptoms:
SCCs usually develop in areas that have been damaged by sun exposure. Squamous cell carcinoma usually begins as a dome-shaped bump or a red, scaly patch of skin that is often rough and crusty and bleeds easily when scraped. Large growths may itch or hurt and feel tender to touch.
In people with pale skin, they are mainly found on the face, neck, bald scalps, arms, backs of hands, and lower legs. Those with dark or black skin and less or no sun exposure SCCs may develop on the lower legs, torso, genitals, or areas where there has been long-term scarring.
What are the chances of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer?
The chances of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer in your lifetime are around one in five. More than 5.4 million BCC cases and SCC cases are treated by dermatologists for over 3.3 million patients each year. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or indoor tanning is the highest risk factor for developing these types of skin cancers. Approximately 80 percent occur on the head and neck, where UV exposure is greatest.
Nonmelanoma skin cancer can become disfiguring and even dangerous if not caught at an early stage. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please schedule an appointment with Buckeye Dermatology today. Our Phoenix dermatologist will give you a diagnosis and recommend the appropriate treatment if needed.
Treatments for pre-cancer spots
- Levulan therapy – LEVULAN KERASTICK is a prescription medicine used on the skin with blue light treatment (Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy or PDT) to treat minimally to moderately thick actinic keratoses (AKs) of the face, scalp, or upper arms.
- Red light therapy – Red light therapy involves having low-power red light wavelengths emitted directly through the skin. However, this process cannot be felt and isn’t painful because it doesn’t produce any heat.
- Blue light therapy – Blue Light Therapy is an ideal treatment for anyone over 18 years old seeking a non-surgical treatment to improve imperfections on the skin caused by sun or acne damage.
- Cryotherapy (Actinic Keratosis) – This treatment uses freezing or near-freezing temperatures to treat various tissue lesions. Cryotherapy is a standard treatment for actinic keratosis, a scaly patch on the skin that causes the skin to flake off. Over time, new healthy skin forms as the treated areas heal.
Medical Dermatology conditions Buckeye Dermatology treats
Our Scottsdale dermatology practice specializes in diagnosing and treating skin diseases. We have the expertise necessary to meet all your skincare needs. Some of the many skin conditions we treat include:
- Acne – Acne is a common skin disorder that can affect individuals from childhood to adulthood, most often occurring in the teenage years. Alliance Dermatology offers various treatment options.
- Cysts – A cyst is a sac-like pocket of tissue containing fluid or other substances. It can grow almost anywhere in the body or under the skin.
- Eczema – Eczema is a chronic skin condition characterized by itchy, inflamed patches of red scaly skin. Because this condition is so itchy, patients often scratch their skin continually, causing lesions that can become crusty and ooze.
- Hair Loss – You might be able to reverse hair loss or at least slow it. With some conditions, such as patchy hair loss (alopecia areata), hair may regrow without treatment within a year.
- Hives – Urticaria (Hives) A skin rash with red raised itchy bumps. Treatment may not be needed if hives are mild. Based on your diagnosis, the doctor will discuss the best treatment to give you relief.
- Melasma – Melasma is a common skin disorder causing a dark discoloration on the sun-exposed skin of the face. At Alliance Dermatology, we offer various treatment options for melasma.
- Moles – Moles are common small flesh-colored, tan, brown, or black spots on the skin.; Moles may be flat or raised.; Sun exposure in childhood causes an increase in the number of moles.
- Molluscum – Molluscum contagiosum is a viral disease of the skin. It causes small pink or skin-colored bumps on the skin. It is not harmful and usually does not have any other symptoms.
- Psoriasis – A common, chronic rash that affects people of all ages. Psoriasis symptoms are red, scaly patches of skin. Treatment options include medications and light and laser therapy.
- Psoriasis – Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy, scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. Psoriasis is a common, long-term (chronic) disease with no cure.
- Rashes – Skin rashes can be both unsightly and uncomfortable. Some are caused by minor irritations or allergies, while others are related to more serious infections.
- Rosacea – A chronic skin condition that often affects the face. Rosacea worsens if left untreated. Contact us immediately for treatments if you have or think you have his skin disorder.
- Warts – Warts are skin growths that are caused by the human papillomavirus. There are more than 60 kinds of HPV, some of which tend to cause warts on the skin.
Contact us today!
Buckeye Dermatology helps our patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin by offering professional medical dermatological services that treat various skin conditions. Based in Scottsdale, we serve the entire Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Make an appointment today and be more beautiful.