The best way to prevent the growth of skin cancer is to perform routine skin exams. Dr. Kingsley recommends all her patients perform monthly, self skin exams at home to check for any new or changing skin growths. Annual skin exams by a dermatologist are also important. For patients with a history of skin cancer, it is recommended they see their dermatologist for full skin exams every three to six months.
If caught early, treatment for superficial skin cancers includes topical therapy or surgery. If the skin cancer is deeper, excision to remove the growth is recommended.
More serious skin cancers may need additional treatment and involvement of other specialists.