The Center for Skin Cancer and Melanoma
Wheeling Hospital's Center for Skin Cancer and Melanoma is using the latest technology and highly skilled practitioners to detect skin cancer, or melanoma. The most common of all cancers, melanoma accounts for nearly half of all cancer cases in the U.S. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will be reported for more than 76,600 cases of skin cancer in 2013.
Melanoma can arise from moles that often have been inconspicuous over years or suddenly appear on healthy skin. In recent years, the number of melanoma cases has increased significantly.
Patients at the center often have a personal or family history of melanoma, or have numerous brown or black skin moles.
The latest technology for the prevention, early diagnosis and aftercare of skin cancer, or malignant melanoma, is Canfield Scientific's DermaGraphix IntelliStudio system. Wheeling Hospital was the first user of this advanced technology.
A body map session can document the whole skin surface in less than 10 minutes and can produce potentially lifesaving results. The hand-held VEOS DS3 dermatoscope and the VEOS app allow for close up and dermoscopic photos to be tagged to the overview images to localize moles and find them on subsequent visits. These photos provide a side-by-side comparison of baseline and follow-up pictures, the most reliable means of accurately tracking changes over time. Mole mapping is the most advanced method for early diagnosis of skin cancer.
Total body mapping together with digital dermoscopy has become a tool for monitoring high risk patients with personal or family history of melanoma or worrisome moles. Suspicious lesions can be marked in the clinical photo and then be observed through time.
This technology allows physicians to detect melanoma at its earliest stage. When treated early, melanoma is most manageable.
The exam, which takes about 10 minutes, is painless. Patients can follow the exam on the screen.
Among the advantages of Total Body Mapping is long-term observation through mole mapping, which provides the best prevention for skin cancer.
- Moles at risk and new moles are detected at an early stage.
- Physicians can see even the slighted changes in structure by comparing moles over time.
- Continuous skin checks help avoid unnecessary excisions (scars) because of benign moles.
Patients are seen at the Wheeling Hospital Center for Skin Cancer and Melanoma Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is located in Tower 1, Suite 101. For more information, call at 304-243-3134.