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Skin Cancer

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Skin cancer is among the most prevalent forms of cancer, with millions diagnosed annually. It emerges when the cells in the skin mutate and grow uncontrollably. While several types of skin cancers exist, the primary categories include Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, and Amelanotic Melanoma. Warren Dermatology & Mohs Surgery, serving Trumbull County, Howland, Champion, and Warren, OH, is committed to providing comprehensive care for these conditions.

Identifying the Symptoms

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC):

  • Pearl-like bumps or translucent nodules, often with visible blood vessels.
  • Open sores that repeatedly heal and reopen.
  • Reddish, irritated patches on the skin.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC):

  • Persistent, scaly red patches.
  • Elevated growths or lumps, often with a central depression.
  • Open sores that don’t heal or heal and return.


  • Changes in existing moles, or new moles with asymmetric shape.
  • Moles that have uneven color, are larger than a pencil eraser, or have irregular borders.
  • Dark streaks under the nail.

Amelanotic Melanoma:

  • Pink or red nodules or patches.
  • Colorless, translucent growths.
  • Rapidly growing skin lesions without pigmentation.

The Significance of Early Detection

  • Early Intervention: Detecting and treating skin cancer in its early stages can significantly improve the prognosis. For instance, melanoma detected early has a much higher five-year survival rate than if discovered in later stages.
  • Minimizing Treatment Complexity: Early-stage skin cancers often require less aggressive treatments. Advanced stages necessitate complex surgical procedures and other interventions.
  • Reducing Recurrence: Proper treatment and regular monitoring after early detection can reduce the chances of cancer returning or new ones forming.

Comprehensive Treatment at Warren Dermatology

  • Consultation: The treatment journey begins with a detailed consultation with either Dr. Morgan Hott, Dr. Hamrock, Victoria Dennis, FNP-C, Wendy Demetrios, FNP-C and Brianna Marin, MPAS, PA-C. This involves assessing the type and stage of skin cancer and understanding the patient’s medical history.
  • Treatment Options: Depending on the type and stage of skin cancer, treatment options might include excisions, Mohs surgery, radiation, or even topical medications. Mohs surgery, for instance, is highly effective for BCC and SCC, as it removes the cancer while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible.
  • Follow-Up: Regular follow-up appointments ensure effective treatment and check for any new or recurring skin anomalies.

Proactive Prevention Measures

  • Sun Protection: Limit exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear protective clothing outdoors and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Regular Skin Checks: Monthly self-examinations of the skin can help identify any new or changing lesions. Additionally, scheduling regular professional skin checks can aid in early detection.
  • Avoid Tanning Beds: Artificial UV rays from tanning beds are as harmful as the sun and increase the risk of skin cancer.
  • Stay Informed: Understanding the risk factors and being aware of any family history of skin cancer can guide preventive measures.

A Promising Horizon for Skin Cancer Patients

Recognizing and addressing skin cancer in its budding stages can make all the difference in ensuring a promising outcome. The medical community has made significant advancements, ensuring that even the more aggressive types, such as melanoma, can be treated effectively when detected early. Such a proactive approach heightens survival rates and allows patients to lead a quality life post-treatment. Therefore, while the diagnosis may be daunting, there’s ample reason to remain optimistic. A combination of early detection, adherence to treatment protocols, and engaging in preventive practices will be the bedrock for long-term skin well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the primary differences between Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma?

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, usually appearing as pearl-like bumps or translucent nodules. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) often presents as persistent, scaly red patches or elevated growths. Melanoma is more aggressive and can appear as changing moles or new skin growths with color, shape, and size irregularities.

How often should I schedule skin exams at Warren Dermatology & Mohs Surgery?

While individual needs may vary, it’s generally recommended to have a professional skin check annually. However, if you have a history of skin cancer or notice any unusual changes in your skin, it’s crucial to consult with Dr. Morgan Hott, Dr. Hamrock, Victoria Dennis, FNP-C, Wendy Demetrios, FNP-C and Brianna Marin, MPAS, PA-C.,sooner.

Are there any side effects associated with Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a precise procedure that aims to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible while removing cancer cells. Like any surgical procedure, there might be some temporary side effects such as pain, swelling, bruising, or bleeding. The Warren Dermatology & Mohs Surgery team will provide detailed post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Take Action with Warren Dermatology & Mohs Surgery

The journey to healthier skin begins with knowledge and timely action. If you notice any unusual changes in your skin or have concerns about skin cancer, do not hesitate to reach out. Dr. Morgan Hott, Dr. Hamrock, Victoria Dennis, FNP-C, Wendy Demetrios, FNP-C and Brianna Marin, MPAS, PA-C., and the Warren Dermatology & Mohs Surgery team are here to guide you every step of the way. Call us at (330) 856-6365 to schedule a consultation today.

Additional Services


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Highly Competitive Programs

ACMS-accredited fellowships are extremely competitive. Surgeons with this training have demonstrated academic excellence.

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Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons must complete a minimum of 500 (instead of 75) proctored cases under the supervision of an attending surgeon. 

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Complicated Procedures

Because fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons are required to complete more supervised cases, they gain experience with complex multistep repairs as well as simple closures.

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Mohs micrographic surgery is a technically precise procedure often performed on the face where the cosmetic outcome is more important. Surgeons with fellowship training have the expertise to minimize scarring.

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Equipped to Deal with Recurrence

Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons aren’t just experts in complicated surgical techniques. They also have extensive experience analyzing tissue samples and monitoring for atypical cells.