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Skin Cancer Specialist

Dermatology & Laser Center of San Diego -  - Dermatologist

Dermatology & Laser Center of San Diego

Dermatologists located in Hillcrest, San Diego, CA & Chula Vista, CA

As a leading healthcare provider in Southern California, the Dermatology & Laser Center of San Diego offers the most advanced skin cancer treatment and screening options to diagnose and treat cancers, including carcinomas and melanomas, at every stage.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What causes skin cancer?

Skin cancer occurs as a result of mutations that develop in the your skin cells' DNA. These mutations cause the cells to multiply far more rapidly than they normally would, eventually forming cancerous masses that can overwhelm healthy tissues. DNA mutations can be triggered by exposure to UV radiation, mostly from the sun but also from tanning beds and other sources, as well as genetics, certain immune-compromising diseases, and other factors.

What are the signs and symptoms of skin cancer?

The most common signs of skin cancer are lesions, or growths, on the skin's surface. These lesions are typically oddly shaped or multicolored, and they may change in size, shape or color over time. Sores that are slow to heal are another common indicator of skin cancer. The type of lesion that forms can vary depending on the type of cancer that's present (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma).

Is it true skin cancer only forms on skin that's been exposed to the sun?

No; this is a common but very dangerous misconception. Skin cancer can form anywhere on your body, even in areas that have never or rarely been exposed to the sun. Because regular evaluations of your entire body can be difficult if not impossible, having a regular skin cancer screening is important to ensure all areas are properly evaluated.

How can a doctor tell if a growth is cancerous?

During your exam, any suspicious areas will be biopsied – a tiny tissue sample will be removed for further evaluation under a microscope. Before tissue is removed, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the spot. If the lab results indicate cancer is present, your doctor will discuss state-of-the-art treatment options, such as Mohs surgery or electronic brachytherapy.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept all PPO insurance plans. Our primary PPOs are Tricare, Healthnet, Cigna, Aetna, Anthem Bluevross, Blueshield of California, United Healthcare, First Health, Pacificare, and Beech Street.  If your insurance plan is not listed, please contact our office. 

We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, and CareCredit.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Beech Street
Blue Shield of California
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Health Net
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Independence Blue Cross
Memorial Hermann
Multiplan PHCS
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