Skin cancer is caused by a variety of factors including exposure to sunlight, tanning beds, and genetics. Everyone is potentially at risk of developing skin cancer, but most of the time skin cancers are easily treatable if caught early. Educate yourself on the signs of skin cancer and when to see your physician for testing and treatment. Contact a Minnesota general surgeon today if you believe you have developed skin cancer – 651.224.1347.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Soft tissue surgery refers to any surgical procedure that involves the soft tissues. Many of these procedures are aimed at diagnosing cancer using various biopsies, or removing cysts and other soft tissue masses. Here are a few soft tissue procedures that Dr. Koeplin performs on a routine basis:
- Melanoma – Sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Soft Tissue Masses – lipomas, cysts
- Other forms of skin cancer such as basil cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma
Treating cancerous cysts, lesions, and masses often requires some form of surgery. A surgical biopsy removes a piece of tissue so it can be tested for cancer in the lab. If a cancer diagnosis is confirmed, there are various procedures to remove skin cancer tumors and cysts. The particular surgery performed will depend on the location of the cancer and the patient’s particular situation.
Skin Cancer Signs
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Thankfully, it is also one of the most easily treatable cancers, as long as you are familiar with the warning signs. Here are a few symptoms that could indicate skin cancer:
- Mole discoloration or any changes in skin coloration.
- A bump that looks white or waxy can be a sign of basil cell carcinoma cancer.
- Tight red nodules or lesions on the skin that may bleed or scab over.
Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any of these skin cancer warning signs. Early detection is important to a good prognosis.
Minnesota Skin Cancer Surgeon
If you need a skin cancer surgery performed, look no further than Dr. Michael Koeplin. With over twenty years of experience treating Minnesotans, Dr. Koeplin is a skilled surgeon with a successful track record. Treating skin cancer with surgery can be life-saving. Fill out our appointment form or give us a call at 651.224.1347 to set up your appointment with Dr. Koeplin today. Primary clinics are located in Woodbury and Maplewood.