More than 3.3 million Americans are treated for nonmelanoma skin cancer every year, making it more prevalent than all other cancers combined. Most skin cancers are highly treatable and curable, and catching it early increases your chances of coming out the other side unscathed. This is why you need a good dermatologist as part of your healthcare team. At City Dermatology Skin Institute in Bensalem, PA, Dr. Imran Amir helps his patients in the greater Philadelphia area spot the early signs of cancer and delivers prompt, sometimes life-saving, treatment.
To learn more about skin cancer screening, call or book an appointment online today.
City Dermatology Skin Institute
Imran Amir, MD
Cosmetic Surgeon & Dermatologist
Skin Cancer Q&A
What are the types of skin cancer?
Skin cancer is a catchall term for a number of different cancers that affect cells in your skin. The three main types of skin cancer are:
Basal cell carcinoma
This is by far the most common type of skin cancer, about 8 in 10 cases, which is good news since it’s also the least dangerous. This cancer usually develops on your head and neck.
Squamous cell carcinoma
This cancer usually develops on the sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your head, neck, and hands. It may grow deeper in the layers of your skin and the cancer has a slim chance of spreading to other parts of your body.
This is the most dangerous of the three main types of skin cancer and involves your melanocyte cells, which produce pigment. Melanoma can spread to other parts of your body, making it potentially fatal. If Dr. Amir catches it early enough, however, he can successfully treat the cancer.
What are the signs of skin cancer?
- Actinic keratosis (AK), which are small scaly patches on your sun-exposed skin
- Small bumps or nodules that are white or pink
- Sores that don’t heal
- Smooth, waxy patches of skin
Skin cancer manifests itself in a variety of ways and one of the best ways to stay on top of it is to know your skin and recognize when something new has developed on the surface. If you spot something irregular, make an appointment with Dr. Amir to get checked out.
The other critical tool in your cancer arsenal is an annual screening with Dr. Amir. It’s understandable that you can’t keep track of every square inch of your skin, so let Dr. Amir scan your skin with an eye trained to spot the early signs of skin cancer.
How is skin cancer treated?
Dr. Amir treats most skin cancers by removing the cancerous area. He is fully trained and certified to perform Mohs surgery, a specialized procedure that removes the cancer while leaving only minimal scarring in its wake. Depending upon your case, Dr. Amir can often perform Mohs surgery right in his office with a local anesthetic. When it comes to skin cancer, peace of mind and early intervention are crucial. Call City Dermatology Skin Institute, or book an appointment online.
Your Skin Cancer treatment will be performed in Dr. Amir‘s surgery center located in Bensalem.
Obsessed with this place. Everyone is so nice and accommodating. Dr Amir is amazing! His attention to detail is incredible. I’ve had fillers done in the past but this is the first time I had anyone “map at my face” so to speak in order to place the injections in the proper area. Couldn’t be happier with the results and I’m looking forward to going back for Botox in and few weeks! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Excellent experience here! Staff is very nice and personable, Dr. Amir has a wonderful bedside manner. He takes the time to educate you in your concerns and walk you through the process. I was able to have a few of my concerns addressed right away at my first visit! I will definitely continue to see Dr. Amir, and refer my friends!
Dr. Amir is by far the best dermatologist you could ask for! The care and attention to detail given by this practitioner is simply superb. I would recommend this practice to absolutely anyone looking for the best. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Thank you Dr. Amir!
I have been going to City Dermatology for many many years. It is the most professional and well staffed dermatology office I have been too. The doctor (Dr. Imran Amir) and his physician’s assistant (Cassie) are kind and caring, as well as, the entire staff. You can have complete confidence in all of your skin care needs at this office.
I have been coming to Dr. Amir for years now. He has wonder bed side manner and is a great doctor. He helps me with any issues I have. I would definitely recommend him.