Melanoma and Skin Cancer Treatment at the Denver Dermatology Center

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Treatment at the Denver Dermatology Center

In diagnosing and treating melanoma and skin cancer, Denver board-certified dermatologist Margaret "Migs" Muldrow, MD, a "5280 Top Doc," utilizes her many years of experience and expertise resulting from a long-standing interest in medical dermatology.

Early detection of melanoma and other skin cancer ensures that Denver and Boulder patients continue to live a healthy and active lifestyle. If you're concerned that you may have melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, or squamous cell carcinoma, contact our office to schedule your appointment today. Request an appointment online, or phone us at 303-830-2900.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is typically caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sun exposure or tanning beds. Intense UV exposure can lead to DNA mutations, which can make skin cells multiply too rapidly and form malignant tumors. The good news is that when treated early, it is almost always curable. However, if it is diagnosed and treated too late, it can spread to other areas of the body and become fatal.

Melanomas resemble moles or originate from moles, but differ in texture or appearance, often changing over time. To recognize them in yourself or a loved one, familiarize yourself with these ABCDEs of melanomas:

A Asymmetry: The two halves of a mole do not match.
B Borders: Edges appear uneven or jagged, not smooth.
C Color: Instead of solid pigmentation, they contain a variety of colors, or shades of one color.
D Diameter: They are typically bigger than other moles, measuring larger than a pencil eraser.
E Evolving: Unlike other moles, they change in shape, size, color, and texture over time, possibly bleeding, itching, or forming a crust.

If you notice any of the above characteristics in your skin lesions, request an appointment online, or phone us at 303-830-2900 to schedule your appointment today.

Melanoma Treatment at the Denver Dermatology Center

Melanoma skin cancer treatment at the Denver Dermatology Center is customized to each patient's needs, often depending on the tumor size and when it is detected. In general, thin melanomas are surgically removed, also called excised or resected, during an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. Stitches remain in for 1 or 2 weeks, and scars gradually fade. Some patients may need more aggressive treatment with a sentinel lymph node biopsy during tumor resection. For these higher-risk patients, we collaborate with cancer specialists at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.

What Are Other Skin Cancers?

Dr. Muldrow performs other types of skin cancer treatment at the Denver Dermatology Center, addressing basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer, and though it can grow and become disfiguring, it rarely metastasizes to other areas of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer. It can grow and spread, sometimes rapidly, to other areas of the body. Left untreated, it can become disfiguring and even fatal.

Skin cancers can be difficult to identify because they share many characteristics of non-cancerous skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, or warts. If you are concerned about any growth or change in your skin, visit a board-certified dermatologist for screening.

About Margaret MIGS Muldrow, MD, FAAD

Margaret "Migs" Muldrow, MD, FAAD spent her childhood in rural Ethiopia. As a young girl, she worked in a local village clinic, an experience that ultimately inspired her to become a physician. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a B.S. in Economic Development and International Affairs.

Skin Cancer Treatment at the Denver Dermatology Center

Multiple factors are considered when choosing one of the following outpatient melanoma and skin cancer treatments:

Remember that skin cancers detected early and removed promptly are almost always curable and cause minimal scarring. For melanoma and skin cancer screening and treatment at the Denver Dermatology Center, request an appointment online, or phone us at 303-830-2900 to schedule your appointment today.

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