Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. There are different types of skin cancer – some are slow growing and easily treated, others are more dangerous. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma is not the most common but it can be life threatening if not detected early. Unfortunately, the incidence of melanoma in Oregon is increasing and Douglas County has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the country. Therefore, it is important that Oregonians be educated on the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology website is a wonderful resource for this.
To learn more, please click here…
To learn the “ABCDEs” of what to look for when looking for melanoma, click here…
For anyone concerned about skin cancer, we offer full-body skin screening exams. For patients with a prior history of skin cancer, we recommend more routine exams with our providers. The frequency of these visits depends on the number and severity of skin cancers in the past.
Self Skin Exams
If you have had a skin cancer and would like more information about how to do self-exams in between screening exams in our office, please click here…
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During this crisis, our office is open. We are following the guidelines for healthcare offices set forth by our governor and best practices recommended by our professional organizations and doing everything we can to keep the clinic and our patients safe. We are continuing to see patients that are well that need care, especially those with urgent issues such as rashes and growing lesions concerning for skin cancer. If you are uncertain if it’s advisable for you to come in for your appointment or schedule, please do not hesitate to call and our staff can answer your questions.
Kaylan Lawson Weese, MD