Cincinnati Skin Cancers

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Prevent and treat skin cancers and precancers.

Fast Facts

  • 1 in 38 Americans will be diagnosed with a melanoma
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common and least aggressive skin cancer with over 3 million diagnosed per year in the United States alone
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer and is considered a non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Melanomas are the least common form of skin cancer but they have the highest risk of metastasizing if not caught early

Over 3 million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancers every year. Precancers, or actinic keratoses, are even more common. Early diagnosis is key. We recommend yearly complete skin exams to check for suspicious moles or other patches. You should also complete monthly self-exams using the ABCDE’s method.

ABCDE'S of Melanoma

  • A


    Moles should be symmetrical, not asymmetrical. Each half should be like the other.

  • B


    Moles should be round or oval and not have irregular borders.

  • C


    Each mole should be a single color, not multiple colors or darker than the other moles on your body.

  • D

    Diameter or Different

    Moles should be smaller than a pencil eraser and should not be growing in size. They also should not be different than your other moles. Look for the “ugly duckling mole” that does not fit with the rest of your moles.

  • E


    Moles should not be changing in color, size, or shape.

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    Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

    A slow-growing cancer that starts from the basal cell layer of the skin. A BCC does not turn into any other form of cancer. A BCC can look like a red bump, a scaling pink patch or a waxy growth with rolled edges. Treatment options include ED&C, surgical excision, topical chemotherapy and radiation.

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    Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

    Not aggressive if caught early but has a slightly higher risk of spreading than a BCC. SCC’s can look like a scaling red patch, an open sore, a thicker wart-like bump or a growth with a central depression. Treatment options include ED&C, surgical excision, topical chemotherapy and radiation.

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    Arises from your pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. Melanoma can develop in your pre-existing moles, but more commonly develops in normal-looking skin. Because they are more curable at early stages, early detection is key. Treatment options include surgical excision, immunotherapy, chemotherapy and radiation.

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Why Mona?

Mona Dermatology feels different because we are different. From our calming, inviting office space, to dermatologists and medical practitioners who are as credentialed as they are kind, there’s so much that sets us apart.

  • Dr. Mona Foad named Cincinnati Magazine Top Doctor every year since 2008
  • 4.7 average Google rating with 250+ five-star reviews from patients.
  • Our providers are extensively and continually trained in the latest advances in medical and cosmetic dermatology.
  • We specialize in helping our patients achieve a natural, refreshed look.
  • Your goals are our goals. Each patient’s treatment plan is unique.

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