Skin Cancer: Articles & News
A patient in his forties noted a growing bump on the side of his nose. The mass was biopsied and and found to be consistent with basal cell carcinoma. The patient underwent Mohs surgical excision of the mass and was left with a much larger defect than the originally visible cancer. He was referred to Dr. Zandifar for nasal reconstruction.
The patient is a 56-year-old male who was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma of the nasal dorsum. His type of basal cell carcinoma was quite aggressive. He first presented to a Mohs surgeon who was not able to clear the margins of the tumor. He was taken to the operating room to obtain clearance from this aggressive skin cancer. The patient was cleared of his cancer, however, he was left with a very large defect over his nasal dorsum.
While beach goers bathe for that desirable tan, changes to their skin can put their lives at danger. Cases of skin cancer have been on the rise for the past few decades and multiple studies have linked skin cancer to the amount of lifetime sun exposure. “Tanning is essentially the skin’s response to direct damage from the sun’s harmful rays” says Dr. Hootan Zandifar Director of Skin Center at Osborne Head and Neck Institute. “There are, however, several steps that can be taken to decrease the likelihood of getting skin cancer and still enjoy your time in the sun.”
Cryotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for keloids with a success rate greater than 97%. Unlike other treatments, the goal of cryotherapy is to treat the keloid from the inside out, thereby eradicating the tissue in its entirety and greatly reducing the likelihood of recurrence. Other treatments attempt to treat the surface of the lesion with little to no success.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer in the world. Usually due to excessive UV radiation exposure, this form of skin cancer traditionally begins as a single red lesion that appears crusted and scaly. Spread to distant sites, infiltration of adjacent structures and organs, and disfigurement are commonly seen in advanced cases.
Dr. Zandifar, Beverly Hills ENT and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, discusses squamous cell carcinoma and the importance of prompt evaluation and treatment.