Skin cancer occurs more frequently than all other cancers combined. Nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSC) which include Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) are far more common than Melanoma. BCC, which is the most common, may manifest as a skin-colored or shiny bump, or a pimple that won’t go away. SCC may appear as a rough, red, scaly patch. Sometimes SCC may be tender. Both types of lesions may bleed. Although very rarely deadly, these cancers can invade local skin and deeper tissues, resulting in significant disfigurement. Treatment may differ depending on the lesion’s size, location, and other risk factors. For cancers that are high-risk, and for those that occur in cosmetically or functionally sensitive areas, Mohs micrographic surgery is the treatment of choice.
Melanoma is far less common, but may be deadly. In recent decades, the incidence of melanoma has risen dramatically among women younger than 40. If melanoma is caught sufficiently early, the cure rate approaches 100%. If it is detected once it has already spread from the skin, the results can be devastating.
Dr. Saini is a firm believer in the importance of avid sun protection, self-examinations and an annual examination by a dermatologist. They perform very thorough skin examinations utilizing dermoscopy and equip their patients with the information they need to know about how to best protect themselves. They are also both skilled skin cancer surgeons, performing surgical removal of early melanomas and precursor lesions in the office.
Dr. Saini is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of many medical societies including the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.