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SKIN CANCER EVALUATIONS

At Peninsula Plastic Surgery, we take great pride in serving the community through our comprehensive skin cancer program.

OUR PROVIDERS

  • Christopher Pellegrino, MD

  • Vincent Perrotta, MD

  • Kerri Holloway, CRNP

  • Jayme Isett, PA-C

  • Paige Torpey, CRNP

OUR PROGRAM
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Timely Evaluation and Diagnosis of Suspicious Skin Lesions

Unlike other medical offices, we will not make you wait. When you call us to report a suspicious lesion, we will find a way to see you within two weeks.

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Timely Removal of Known Skin Cancers

Peninsula plastic surgery has the following scheduling goals for skin cancer removal:

  • Malignant Melanoma: removal within three weeks of diagnosis

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: removal within four weeks of diagnosis

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma: removal within six weeks of diagnosis

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The Gold Standard

Board certified plastic surgeons perform the definitive surgeries on the face and, when requested, other parts of the body. Therefore, eventual scarring is minimized.

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Follow-up Care

We are happy to perform periodic follow-up skin checks for any of our patients.

LESION TYPES
Benign Skin Lesions:

Seborrheic Keratoses (SK)

Seborrheic keratoses, also referred to as raised age spots are one of the most common noncancerous skin growths. They often appear on the face, chest, shoulders, or back. They have a waxy feel and slightly elevated appearance. 

Pre-cancerous:

Actinic Keratosis (AK)

An Actinic keratosis (AKs) is a pre-cancerous lesion that typically present as pink rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by years of sun exposure.  It is most common on the face, lips, ears, back of hands, forearms, scalp, and neck. 

Skin Cancer Types:

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Basal cell carcinoma often appears as a pink shiny spot or ulcerated patch on sun-exposed areas, such as the face and neck. On brown and black skin, basal cell carcinoma often looks like a bump that's brown or glossy black and has a rolled border.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. SCCs can appear as scaly red patches, open sores, rough, thickened or wart-like skin, or raised growths with a central depression. At times, SCCs may crust over, itch or bleed. The lesions most commonly appear in sun-exposed areas of the body.

Melanoma

While it is less common than basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma is more dangerous because of its ability to spread to other organs more rapidly if it is not treated at an early stage. While it can be found nearly anywhere on the body, it is most likely to appear on the torso in men, the legs in women and the upper back. It may appear as a flat or slightly raised and discolored, asymmetrical patch with uneven borders. Colors include shades of tan, brown, black, red/pink, blue or white. It can also lack pigment and appear as a pink or skin-tone lesion.

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