Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Lesions may appear as non-healing sores or bumps on the face or neck. Dr. Sidle works closely with noted dermatologists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and around Chicago in the treatment and repair of skin cancers of the face and neck as well as aesthetic facial enhancement.
Large defects may be left in the face after skin cancer removal. Simple closure of these defects may lead to disfiguring distortion of the normal facial features as well as potential functional problems. Dr. Sidle’s expertise in a number of facial reconstructive techniques, such as grafts and flaps obtained from the patient’s own body, allows him to treat these defects in a manner which maximizes the cosmetic and functional outcome.
Why Dr. Sidle Is Most Preferred Surgeon For Skin Cancer Treatment?
Dr. Sidle understands that the treatment of skin cancer is a stressful event. His goal is to do everything he can to make the patient more comfortable with the process of facial restoration. Indeed, we strive to see and treat patients as soon as possible after their dermatologic surgery.
Experience Matters. As a board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Northwestern with expertise in the face and neck, Dr. Sidle can provide you with an individualized plan to achieve your goals of a more youthful face. Call our office for a one-on-one consultation.
Skin Cancer FAQs
Stage 1 skin cancer is the earliest and most treatable stage of skin cancer. It typically appears as a small, raised, red bump on the skin that may be itchy or sore. If left untreated, Stage 1 skin cancer can progress to later stages.
Skin cancer typically occurs in people over the age of 50. However, it is important to note that skin cancer can occur at any age.
If skin cancer is caught and treated early, there is a high chance of a cure. However, cancer can spread and affect other body parts if untreated. This can be deadly.
No, you usually don’t feel ill with skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancer. They are usually slow-growing, and they rarely spread to other parts of the body.
- A change in the size, shape, or color of a mole
- A sore that does not heal
- Changes in the sensation of the skin around a mole (for example, itchiness, tenderness, pain)
- Thickening or swelling of the skin around a mole
- Bleeding from a mole
Yes. Most skin cancers will go away by themselves if caught and treated early. However, if left untreated, skin cancer can grow and spread to other parts of the body, which can be dangerous. It’s important to get any suspicious lesions checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.
Skin cancer treatment is very successful. The five-year survival rate for melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, is about 98 percent if caught early. Even if the melanoma has spread to other body parts, the five-year survival rate is still about 85 percent.
Yes, skin cancer can expand to a larger area. If left untreated, skin cancer can spread to other body parts. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor if you notice any changes in your skin, such as a new growth or sore that doesn’t heal. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital to preventing cancer from spreading.
Skin cancer can spread quickly and be deadly if not treated early. Melanoma tumors can grow in the skin and spread to other body organs, such as the brain, lungs, or liver. If you have any suspicious lesions or moles on your skin, it is vital to see a doctor immediately for a diagnosis. Early detection of skin cancer is critical for successful treatment.
The best way to prevent skin cancer from spreading is to catch it early and get treatment. Check your skin regularly for any changes or new growths, and see a doctor if you notice anything suspicious. Also, wear sunscreen daily – even in winter – and avoid excessive sun exposure.