Truyu offers dermatologic surgery to include excision of skin cancers, melanoma, cysts, lipomas and moles, including Mohs Surgery, an advanced treatment for skin cancer.
Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy
Rough, dry skin caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can be diminished easily. A simple, two-step process ending with a blue light photodynamic therapy gently treats pre-cancerous lesions and acne. The targeted skin tissue absorbs the light’s energy to provide a more youthful appearance.
- Aesthetic Services
- Patch Testing
- Excessive Sweating (Hyperhydrosis) Treatment
- Skin Cancer Screenings
- Narrowband UVB Phototherapy for Psoriasis
Mohs micrographic surgery is an advanced, highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. Named for its founder, Dr. Frederic Mohs, Mohs surgery allows for the removal of the entire cancer in one session, as the surgeon is able to analyze the tissue during surgery, ensuring that all cancerous cells are removed, while maintaining the healthy tissue in the area. Often with other treatments, the “roots,” or extensions of the cancer that can align with blood vessels, cartilage or nerves, cannot be detected at surgery, which leaves the risk that some of the cancer remains. Because of the ability to trace and remove all of the cancer in one procedure, Mohs is known as the treatment with the highest cure rate for skin cancer.
Who is a candidate for Mohs?
Mohs surgery is not the proper treatment for all skin cancers, but is best for cancer that is reoccurring after previous treatment, has a higher risk for reoccurrence, or is located in areas of the body where, due to function or for cosmetic reasons, maximum preservation of healthy tissue is critical (such as near the eyes, nose, hands, feet and genitals). Your dermatologist can help determine which treatment is best for you.
Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at Truyu Aesthetic Center. The procedure often lasts three or four hours, but can take longer depending on the extent of the removal needed. Since the cancer is analyzed and removed during surgery, it is hard to understand the extent of the procedure beforehand, as more “roots” of the cancer may be discovered.
Dr. Bishr Al Dabagh performs all Mohs surgeries at Truyu. He is fellowship trained in Mohs surgery and accredited through the American College of Mohs Surgery.
To schedule an appointment for Mohs surgery, please call 701.780.6623.
Protecting Your Skin From The Sun
Skin cancer occurs in a number of ways. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible.
- On adults: a new skin growth that does not disappear in four weeks
- An open sore or wound that refuses to heal, persists for more than four weeks, or heals and later reopens
- Any skin spot or growth that continues to itch, hurt, crust over, form a scab, erode or bleed for four weeks
- A skin lesion that grows larger and turns brown, black or multicolored
- A mole, birthmark, or beauty mark that changes in size, color or texture or becomes irregular in shape
Preventing Skin Cancer
Skin cancers are usually the result of damage to the skin cells by years of sun exposure. Sun damage is cumulative. All sun exposure adds up throughout a lifetime. Premature aging is also caused by too much sun. Common sense precautions can prevent further damage:
- Avoid outdoor activities during peak sunlight hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- When in the sun, wear a hat and cover up as much as possible
- Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 on all exposed skin
- Reapply often, particularly if swimming or perspiring
- Don't be fooled by cloudy or overcast days - damaging radiation can still get through
- People with light complexions who do not tan easily or those with a family history of skin cancer should be especially careful about excessive sun exposure
- Beware of light reflecting surfaces such as sand, snow and water, which magnify the potential harm to skin
- Avoid tanning booths and sun lamps, which are just as dangeous as the sun's rays
Know Your ABCD's of Skin Cancer
- Asymmetry = moles that are not perfectly round; one half does not equal the other half in regard to size and shape
- Border = an irregular, jagged or blurred border
- Color = uneven or different colors in a mole or red, white blue or blac
- Diameter = moles larger than 5 or 6 millimeters, approximately the size of a pencil eraser
A pigmented lesion with one, two or three of these characteristics is not necessarily a melanoma. However, it would warrant evaluation by a dermatologist. At the same time, melanomas may develop without any of these characteristics. A good rule-of-thumb is any mole with any of the ABCD’s (or any mole that has changed in color, shape, size, itching or pain) should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
Everyone should have a complete skin examination by a dermatologist at least every three years between the ages of 20 and 40 (and more often if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer or other risk factors).