Skin Cancers

About Skin Cancer (non-melanoma)

As the most common type of cancer, many people will experience skin cancer in their lifetime, but it is most common in people who spend a lot of time in the sun and those with light-colored skin, hair and eyes. Other risk factors are having a close family member with skin cancer or being over age 50. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer.

For more information about skin cancer:

National Cancer Institute

Treatment Options

Our dermatologists will consult with patients to determine the best course of treatment for each individual. Our specialists are skilled in all of the treatments listed below.  Recommended treatments may include:

  • Surgical removal
  • Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen freezing)
  • Electrodesiccation and curettage (tumor is cut from the skin and electrical current stops bleeding and destroys cancer cells)
  • Topical chemotherapy and immunotherapy
  • Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction
  • Chemotherapy
  • Biologic therapy
  • Radiation therapy

Surgical Services

We are the premier place in the Pacific Northwest to treat skin cancer. Our dermatologic fellowship trained surgeons specialize in a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for the management of skin cancer such as melanoma, high-risk basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and various rare tumors. In addition to skin cancer, our surgeons treat many other skin conditions that require surgery, provide reconstructive surgery and laser and cosmetic surgery.

One treatment option is Mohs micrographic surgery. Our specialists will help you determine the best course of treatment for you.

Mohs micrographic surgery offers the highest potential for skin cancer cure - even if the skin cancer has been previously treated. Performed as an out-patient procedure, our highly trained and experienced dermatologic surgeons utilize Mohs micrographic surgery to entirely remove the affected area while sparing the surrounding healthy skin. When performing Mohs micrographic surgery, the surgeon also acts as a pathologist and reads the tissue removed after each “stage” of surgery, to make sure all of the cancer cells have been removed. Mohs is commonly used to remove large tumors, tumors in hard-to-treat places, recurrent tumors, and those occurring in areas where preservation of normal skin is essential (such as the tissue surrounding the eyes or nose). It is most often performed on basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.