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Everything You Need to Know About the Transdermal Infusion System

In December of 2021, Sensus Healthcare announced the arrival of a new alternative to medical and aesthetic injections called TransDermal Infusion®. Approved by the FDA as a Class II biophysical alternative to infusing high weight molecule modalities into the dermis, this new system is changing the way patients receive medical and cosmetic treatments. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this new TransDermal Infusion System, including how it works and the benefits of choosing TransDermal Infusion® over other treatments that require painful needles and long patient recovery times.

How the Transdermal Infusion System Works

Instead of using needles, TransDermal Infusion® penetrates the skin’s innermost hypodermic layer with electrical current pulses to change the cell’s microstructure. This process utilizes the skin’s water-based channels to deliver macromolecules and micromolecules through these electrical pulses into the skin. Plus, unlike other treatments, while this process changes the skin cell’s microstructure, there is no actual injury caused to the cells. This is because the low electrical current intensity that is used during treatment does not cause fragmentation of the cytoplasm or nucleus, or any abnormalities to the membrane.

Who Can Use the Device?

Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatologists all over the world can benefit from this new system. This is because compared to traditional iontophoresis, the TransDermal Infusion System allows a faster delivery of drugs that are typically not able to be absorbed into the skin. This includes Botox®, hyaluronic acid, lidocaine, collagen, and other injections that are typically used in aesthetic procedures. Dermatologists can now administer skin rejuvenation treatments, pre-laser treatments, pre- and post- aesthetic surgery, and more to their patients without causing pain or discomfort from using needles. Additionally, patients now experience no downtime with TransDermal Infusion®.

Some common application uses for the TransDermal Infusion System include:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hair restoration
  • PRP
  • Regenerative modalities
  • Growth factor and peptide
  • Vitamin C
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • P-shot
  • Acne
  • Steroid applications
  • Pre-treatment numbing
  • And so much more!

 
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While many people enjoy spending time outdoors, not enough people truly understand how damaging the sun’s UV rays can be to the skin. Overexposure to UV rays is the number one cause of skin cancer, and as skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, it’s extremely important to know the risks and schedule a regular full body skin cancer screening with your dermatologist.

Fortunately, most skin cancers can be treated if they are caught early. Keep reading7 to learn more about certain risks that could increase the chances of getting skin cancer and the most effective treatment options.

Know the Risks

Just because skin cancer is the leading type of cancer in the United States, does not mean you can’t spend time outside. However, it does mean that you should be extra cautious by wearing plenty of sunscreen and covering your body with sun protective clothing, no matter the time of the year. Many people believe that sunscreen is only necessary in the summertime, but this is not true. The sun’s UV rays can be damaging year-round (even on a cloudy day!).

In addition to taking extra precautions such as wearing sunscreen daily and scheduling regular full body skin cancer screening appointments, it’s important to also know some other risks that could cause skin cancer.

Certain people who fall under these categories may have a greater risk of developing skin cancer at some point during their life:

  • Having fair/light skin
  • A history of skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun
  • Having blue or green eyes
  • Having light blonde or red hair
  • Displaying a large number of moles on the body
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • Age (older ages have a higher risk)

Knowing the risks could potentially save your life. However, it’s still very possible for someone to have skin cancer even if they don’t fall within any of the above categories. Because of this, regular full body skin cancer screening appointments are crucial.

If skin cancer is found during your regular screening appointment, there are a few treatment options, but you can avoid any cutting, pain, or scarring with SRT.

Skin Cancer Treatment with SRT

If you are researching different skin cancer treatments for either yourself or a loved one, we highly recommend Superficial Radiation Therapy. On average, SRT has a success rate of 98.9% in curing non-melanoma skin cancer. This non-surgical skin care treatment is virtually painless and is able to destroy cancer cells without causing bleeding or scarring, which is why it is one of the best treatments on the market.

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Keloids are a mystery for most people. The average person doesn't know what they are and why they exist. It's estimated that 10% of people have at least one keloid.

Some keloids are small and unnoticeable. Others are large and obvious in places other people can see them. If you are wondering “where can I find keloid scar removal near me?”, it's best to first explore what they are.

In this article, we'll explain everything you need to know about keloids and your options for getting them removed.

What is a Keloid?

A keloid scar is a type of growth most people get after trauma. This can be caused by an injury, surgery, or even acne that scars the skin instead of healing it.

Keloids are very similar to hypertrophic scars in how they form and look on the body. They're also alike in their potential for causing pain, itchiness, and other symptoms you don't want at work or when spending time with friends and family outside your home.

How are Keloids Different from Normal Scars?

So, what's different about keloids? Doctors define keloids as overgrowths because they tend to grow larger than normal scars do, generally speaking.

Another difference between keloids and regular surgical incisions is keloid development happens more often when there's no underlying cause for the initial injury. This means you can't necessarily prevent keloids from forming after an accident or surgery.

Keloid growth is also sporadic. You may not have any keloids form at all after a traumatic experience. But if you do get keloids, they're likely to keep growing larger and redder over time.

Keloid Removal Near Me: What Are My Options?

Now that we know what keloids are and how they differ from hypertrophic scars, let's explore your removal options.

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to keloid scar treatment because each case is unique. Your doctor will help you decide on the best keloid removal plan.

The following are some of the most common keloid removal treatments:

  • Steroid injections: This is a popular keloid scar treatment because it's relatively simple and often effective. A doctor will inject steroids directly into the keloids to help shrink them down in size.
  • Cryotherapy: This procedure uses cold temperatures to freeze off the keloids. It tends to be less painful than other treatments, but it may not be as effective overall.
  • Surgical excision: In this procedure, a surgeon removes the keloids surgically. This is considered a more aggressive option and can cause damage to healthy tissue around the keloid as well.

 
Once your keloid removal surgery is complete, Superficial Radiation Therapy with the SRT-100 is a highly effective treatment to prevent the re-occurrence of the keloid.

It's one of the most effective keloid treatment options available to people who want to the chance to live without keloids.

Inquire About Our Keloid Treatment Options with the SRT-100

Are you interested in removing a keloid for good? If so, we would love to speak with you. Contact us today so you can learn about keloid scar removal near you.

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, you might be wondering what your options are when it comes to your treatment. For nearly 90 years, Mohs surgery has been the procedure of choice to treat skin cancer. But there is now an alternative skin cancer treatment. Sensus Healthcare’s line of SRT devices utilizes Superficial Radiation Therapy to attack non-melanoma skin cancer cells at the source without cutting the skin, allowing patients to return to their lives directly following treatment.

Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is a highly specialized microscopic procedure for removing skin cancer in which the affected skin lesion is excised in its entirety utilizing frozen section histology. Mohs surgery can treat most skin cancers but is commonly used for basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, malignant melanoma, and rare skin tumors. While effective in removing cancer, Mohs surgery is laborious and time-consuming, requiring recovery time and sometimes resulting in scarring and infection.

Alternative Skin Cancer Treatment 

The alternative to Mohs surgery that is non-surgical and pain-free is called Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT). The cure rates of Sensus Healthcare’s SRT devices compete with those of surgical treatments, destroying skin cancer without the side effects of surgical procedures. Our SRT-100™, SRT-100+™, and SRT-100 Vision™ devices give a precise, calibrated, pain-free, low-dose of Superficial Radiation Therapy that effectively destroys skin cancer without cutting, stitching, bleeding, or anesthesia. There is no risk of scarring, infection, or need for reconstructive surgery.

Sensus Healthcare 

At Sensus Healthcare, our alternative skin cancer treatment is the easiest, most effective non-melanoma skin cancer treatment option with no downtime or lifestyle restrictions following the procedure. This treatment can be safely performed right in your doctor’s office! Ask your doctor about Superficial Radiation Therapy, or find a treatment location near you using the SRT locator tool on our website.

Squamous cell carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer that develops in the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layers of the skin. Though usually not life-threatening, this cancer can be aggressive. If left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can grow large and spread to other parts of the body, causing serious complications. The good news is that treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinoma can be quick and painless with the SRT-100™!

Causes of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

In most cases, squamous cell carcinoma results from prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, either from sunlight or from tanning beds or lamps. Other causes can include fair skin, a history of sunburns, a weakened immune system, and a personal history of skin cancer. Avoiding UV rays help reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma and other forms of skin cancer.

Symptoms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma typically occurs on sun-exposed skin, such as your scalp, the backs of your hands, ears, or lips. But it can occur anywhere on your body, including inside your mouth or on the bottoms of your feet! The symptoms include scaly patches, raised growths, open sores, or wart-like growths on the skin. In general, any change in pre-existing skin growth should be consulted with a doctor immediately.

Treatment For Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Suggested treatment for squamous cell carcinoma depends on the size, location, and aggressiveness of the tumor. Traditionally, squamous cell carcinoma was treated with Mohs surgery, involving invasive incisions that cut through healthy tissue. Unfortunately, this typically leads to a long recovery period and unpleasant scarring. Sensus Healthcare prevents this by offering a non-surgical treatment option – the SRT-100™!

SRT-100™

The SRT-100™ is a painless, non-surgical treatment option, utilizing Superficial Radiation Therapy to successfully treat non-melanoma skin cancers and keloids. There is no need for anesthesia, minimal risk of infection and scarring, and no need for reconstructive surgery with this treatment. Contact Sensus Healthcare today for more information about this incredible treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinoma or to find treatment near you!

Timing is everything when it comes to the purchase and use of equipment within medical practices. Physicians face the unique issue of wanting to use the most modern equipment and techniques for treating their patients while also staying aware of the financial commitment it takes to operate at such a level.

While medical equipment continues to be a large investment with sometimes unknown lifetimes, there are several avenues for physicians looking to update their equipment but wanting to remain apprised of their expenses.

The Internal Revenue Code section 179 is offering physicians financial solutions for your medical practice through the opportunity to take advantage of significant savings when investing in new medical equipment. Previously, tax deductions could only be taken on qualifying equipment purchases up to $500,000. Now, with the increased limits, physicians can claim deductions on up to $1,000,000 of qualifying equipment purchases.

Sensus Healthcare is also proud to offer our Trade-in and Trade-up program for physicians looking to update their superficial radiation therapy equipment. By trading in your SRT-100 with Sensus we offer financial solutions for your medical practice through an allowance towards the SRT-100 Vision. This special opportunity to upgrade your SRT device will allow physicians and their practices to remain as up to date as possible without breaking the bank.

These two options create a unique opportunity for physicians to outfit their practice with state-of-the-art equipment at a fraction of the cost. Contact us to learn more about our Trade-in and Trade-up offers. To learn more about utilizing section 179 please visit the IRS website.

Superficial radiation therapy (SRT) greatly reduces keloid recurrence rates and, for keratinocytic skin cancers, provides short-term cure rates similar to those in previous SRT research and of surgical options including Mohs surgery, Brian Berman, MD, PhD, told Dermatology Times®.Using ultrasound-based image guidance may improve nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) out- comes, added Berman, Professor Emeritus of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and codirector of the Center for Clinical and Cos- metic Research in Aventura, both in Florida. Berman presented on SRT for keloid treatment as part of a conference track on dermatology updates for the therapy along with new and emerging medicines to treat skin cancers at the Music City Scale Symposium 16th Annual Meeting, August 18-22, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.1

VISUALIZING SKIN CANCERS

He pointed to a recent review of 2917 invasive and in situ keratinocytic carcinomas treated with image-guided SRT (IGSRT) which showed an overall control rate of 99.3% at patients’ last follow-up.2 Based on these results, authors led by Lio Yu, MD, suggested considering IGSRT as a first-line option for keratinocytic tumors in suitable early-stage patients. Yu is a radiation oncologist at Laserderm Dermatology in Smithtown, New York. “These results, while observed with approximately 55% of patients having follow-up for 12 months or more, appear at this time to be at least consistent with the results of standard surgical and nonsurgical modalities used to treat NMSC,” wrote the study authors.

Performing 22-MHz ultrasound imaging before SRT (SRT-100 Vision; Sensus Health- care) facilitates visualizing tumor depth up to 6 mm, said Berman, a consultant and investigator with Sensus. “Once you know the depth of the tumor, you can correlate it with percentage depth dose tables,” he said. Whereas the study’s 99.3% tumor control rate “at last follow-up” is a rather broad statement in his view, Berman said control rates were equally impressive when one considers only tumors with at least 1 year of follow-up (n = 1639, also 99.3%), and only invasive BCC and squamous cell carcinoma (n = 1242, 99.2%).

In fact, said Berman, the study’s 99% control rate is higher than the 90% to 96% rates reported in most SRT studies,3,4 and on par with results of Mohs surgery.5 “It’s not counterintuitive that if you can visualize the tumor, then you know where to aim the beam and how deep the beam needs to go,” he added. “[And] maybe you’re going to get a higher cure rate than what’s been in the literature, which has very robust data supporting the effectiveness of SRT on NMSC.”

“Having said that, I am not advocating using SRT for all nonmelanoma skin cancers in all patients,” he cautioned. “Surgery is the standard of care for nonmelanoma skin cancers.”

However, he said, SRT is well suited for patients who resist or cannot undergo surgery. In his experience practicing in Florida, Berman reported that patients who have undergone previous skin cancer excisions may reject additional scarring surgeries. Additionally, elderly patients with other comorbidities—Berman explained that, generally, relevant comorbidities increase with age—or those on anticoagulants may benefit by avoiding surgery, he noted.

David J. Goldberg, MD, JD, director of Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists; director of cos- metic dermatology and clinical research with the Schweiger Dermatology Group; clinical professor of dermatology and past director of Mohs surgery and laser research at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, in New York, New York, also noted positive outcomes for this therapy. “Having an SRT unit added to my busy Mohs surgery office has greatly added to our ability to treat many more patients with nonmelanoma skin cancer,” he said. “Each technique has its benefits. With an increasingly older population of patients who are not good surgical candidates, SRT provides high cure rates for many people. Similarly, for a younger, cosmetically concerned patient base, SRT can lead to elegant cosmetic results with a high cure rate.”

The IGSRT study’s retrospective nature requires interpreting results cautiously, Berman said. However, he added, long-term prospective skin cancer studies are very difficult to perform. The 99% cure rate remains impressive, in his view. “If there’s a recurrence 3 years later, let’s say, in the margin where the port didn’t catch the original tumor, you’re not handcuffed from using surgery at that point,” he said.

PREVENTING KELOID RECURRENCE

Keloids commonly occur in high-visibility locations such as the face and earlobes. “When a patient comes to me with a keloid, I try to talk them out of surgery,” Berman said. Without adjunctive therapy such as SRT, recurrence rates are high, Berman added. In unpublished research, he reviewed 13 studies incorporating 343 patients and calculated a weighted-average postkeloidectomy recurrence rate of 71.2%.9,10“Very often, I’ll say, ‘You have a small keloid. If I were able to take away the burning, itching, and tenderness and get it softer and maybe a little flatter, would that be sufficient?’ And I hope they say yes, because there are other modalities to treat an existing keloid without cutting it out,” Berman said. With a referral-based practice, though, his patients typically want surgery because conservative treatments have failed.Berman explains to patients that postsurgical SRT offers a noninvasive tool for reducing recurrence risk. Separate studies show that this treatment reduces postsurgical recurrence rates to 3.0% and 10.4%, respectively.11,12 “Dropping the recurrence rate from 7 out of 10 to 1 out of 10, with at least 1 year of follow-up, is very helpful to the clinician to be able to hold out hope to patients,” he said.13

Radiation therapy is believed to prevent keloid recurrence by reducing fibroblast proliferation, arresting the cell cycle, and inducing apoptosis.13 Although these mechanisms delay healing in normal skin, they are tailor-made for preventing keloids with their excessive scarring and for destroying malignant, abnormal cells in nonmelanoma skin tumors arising from bro- blast or keratinocyte hyperproliferation, accord- ing to Berman.

“The mechanisms are consistent, but there are different reasons why we’d use it for keloids vs a tumor,” he said. The SRT-100 is FDA 510(k) cleared for treating NMSC and keloids. Berman said colleagues have told him that they bought the machine for NMSC but now use it more often for postsurgical keloid recurrences.Patients may worry about radiation therapy and carcinogenesis, Berman said. “I appreciate that. But I explain to them the historical safety of SRT, and the fact that it only goes a few milli- meters deep at most into the skin, [meaning] it’s truly super cial radiation therapy.”

Moreover, a 10-year retrospective analysis of 264 excised keloids, of which most received sub- sequent external-beam radiation or high dose- rate interstitial brachytherapy, showed no development of malignancy.14 Similarly, a search of Medline and PubMed between 1901 and March 2009 uncovered only 5 cases of carcinogenesis associated with, but not likely caused by, postkeloidectomy radiation therapy, Berman said. The cancers included BCC, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, and fibrosarcoma.

“Intuitively, it doesn’t make sense that radiation therapy induced the development of BCC because we use radiation therapy to treat BCC,” Berman said. Breast cancers originate at deeper levels than SRT penetrates, and the noted thyroid cancer did not develop in the treated area, he added. The single fibrosarcoma investigators found was probably a fibrosarcoma before surgery, authors allowed. These tumors typically take a decade to develop, Berman explained, whereas study follow-up periods generally are considerably shorter.

Pacemakers implanted in the treatment area are a contraindication for SRT, in his opinion. Regarding adverse effects, Berman said he warns patients about the potential for postradiation pigmentary changes, most often hyperpigmentation. In a chart review of 96 excised keloids followed for at least 1 year on which he was lead author, 56% of subjects experienced hyperpigmentation. Usually transient, he said, less than 5% of patients experienced persistent hyperpigmentation.

Because of the safety and efficacy of SRT, Berman suggested that more dermatologists con- sider o ering this therapy. “It’s part of our armamentarium to treat a patient who has disfiguring keloids that have an impact physically, cosmetically, and psychologically,” he said. In appropriately selected patients with keratinocytic skin cancers, results are commensurate with the standard of care, he added.

DisclosuresBerman is a consultant and investigator for Sensus. Goldberg reports no relevant nancial interests.

References1 Berman B. Super cial radiation therapy for keloids. Presented at: Music City SCALE Symposium for Cosmetic Advances and Laser Education 16th Annual Meeting; August 18-22, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee.2 Yu L, Oh C, Shea CR. The treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer with image- guided super cial radiation therapy: an analysis of 2917 invasive and in situ keratinocytic carcinoma lesions. Oncol Ther. 2021;9(1):153-166. doi:10.1007/ s40487-021-00138-43 Hernández-Machin B, Borrego L, Gil-García M, Hernández BH. Of ce-based radi- ation therapy for cutaneous carcinoma: evaluation of 710 treatments. Int J Der- matol. 2007;46(5):453-459. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2006.03108.x4 Cognetta AB, Howard BM, Heaton HP, Stoddard ER, Hong HG, Green WH. Super- cial x-ray in the treatment of basal and squamous cell carcinomas: a via-
ble option in select patients. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012;67(6):1235-1241. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2012.06.0015 Tolkachjov SN, Brodland DG, Coldiron BM, et al. Understanding Mohs micro- graphic surgery: a review and practical guide for the nondermatologist. Mayo Clin Proc. 2017;92(8):1261-1271. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2017.04.0096 Rodriguez JM, Deutsch GP. The treatment of periocular basal cell carcinomas by radiotherapy. Br J Ophthalmol. 1992;76(4):195-197. doi:10.1136/bjo.76.4.1957  Grossi Marconi D, da Costa Resende B, Rauber E, et al. Head and neck non-mela- noma skin cancer treated by super cial x-ray therapy: an analysis of 1021 cases. PLoS One. 2016;11(7):e0156544. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.01565448  Lawrence WT. In search of the optimal treatment of keloids: report of a series and a review of the literature. Ann Plast Surg. 1991;27(2):164-178. doi:10.1097/00000637-199108000-000129  Shaffer JJ, Taylor SC, Cook-Bolden F. Keloidal scars: a review with a critical look at therapeutic options. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002;46(2 Suppl Understand- ing):S63-S97. doi:10.1067/mjd.2002.12078810  Berman B, Nestor MS, Gold MH, Goldberg DJ, Fox J, Schmieder G. Low rate of keloid recurrences following treatment of keloidectomy sites with a biologically effective dose 30 of super cial radiation. SKIN The Journal of Cutaneous Medi- cine. 2018;2(6):402-403. doi:10.25251/skin.2.6.711  Berman B, Nestor MS, Gold MH, Goldberg DJ, Weiss ET, Raymond I. A retro- spective registry study evaluating the long-term ef cacy and safety of super - cial radiation therapy following excision of keloid scars. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2020;13(10):12-16.12  Liu X, Liu JZ, Zhang E, et al. Impaired wound healing after local soft x-ray irra- diation in rat skin: time course study of pathology, proliferation, cell cycle, and apoptosis. J Trauma. 2005;59(3):682-690.13  Hoang D, Reznik R, Orgel M, Li Q, Mirhadi A, Kulber DA. Surgical excision and adjuvant brachytherapy vs external beam radiation for the effective treat- ment of keloids: 10-year institutional retrospective analysis. Aesthet Surg J. 2017;37(2):212-225. doi:10.1093/asj/sjw12414  Ogawa R, Yoshitatsu S, Yoshida K, Miyashita T. Is radiation therapy for keloids acceptable? The risk of radiation-induced carcinogenesis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009;124(4):1196-1201. doi:10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181b5a3ae

If you’ve been diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), you are not alone. BCC is the most common form of skin cancer, with an estimated 3.6 million cases diagnosed every year in the U.S. alone. There are several treatment options for BCC, including several surgical options that come with risks of pain and scarring. However, if you want to avoid a Basal Cell Carcinoma removal scar, another option is Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT). Keep reading to learn why SRT could be an excellent treatment option for you.

Benefits of SRT

If you are seeking a non-surgical option to treat your BCC, we highly recommend SRT. With a cure rate of 98.9%, SRT delivers optimum results. Sensus Healthcare’s SRT-100™ delivers a precise, calibrated dose of Superficial Radiation Therapy that only penetrates five millimeters below the skin’s surface, effectively destroying cancer cells without cutting, stitching, bleeding, or scarring. Plus, the treatment is virtually painless and performed right in the doctor’s office! Not only will patients avoid an unsightly Basal Cell Carcinoma removal scar, but there is also no downtime or lifestyle restrictions following the procedure!

Safer than Alternatives

Older patients who have comorbidities or are on certain medications might not be good candidates for surgery. When diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer like Basal Cell Carcinoma, SRT is absolutely the safest treatment option for these patients. The SRT-100™, SRT-100+™, and SRT-100 Vision™ effectively destroy basal cell cancer without the risk that comes with going under anesthesia. Additionally, by avoiding surgery in the first place, SRT patients will also avoid the costs of reconstructive plastic surgery associated with other treatment options!

If you are interested in Superficial Radiation Therapy to avoid a Basal Cell Carcinoma removal scar and other costs associated with surgery, ask your doctor about SRT, or find a treatment location near you using the SRT locator tool on our website.

 

Sensus Healthcare has recently partnered with Sentinel™, a cloud-based asset-management, remote monitoring and diagnostic platform. Sentinel™ is a cloud platform installed directly onto any Sensus laser to provide real-time information about the status of your system, and is a great asset to have when you rent aesthetic lasers.

Sentinel™ Cloud Features

The Sentinel™ cloud system has several features to keep your systems at your practice on track. The platform boasts continuous remote monitoring to track the status of your system from any web browser or iOS device. Continuous backups ensure that valuable information is safely stored in the cloud, and allows providers with multiple locations or group practices can monitor remotely at all times. The Sentinel™ system also allows providers to monitor any service issues without having to send an engineer to the field, such as calibration, monitoring voltage and temperature.

Each practice has customizable access to the Sentinel™ data when you rent aesthetic lasers. You can use a single physician login, or allow multiple users to access data by simply downloading the app and signing on from a unique login. All data on Sentinel™ adheres to HIPAA regulations and is safely stored. From the moment you switch the device on, everything is being monitored for compliance. These compliance reports can be tailored to each practice’s needs, such as tracing records, patient information, or switching information to Physicists Only or Service Only.

Sentinel™ makes it easy to store patient information and manage assets. It can easily track your patient’s information, including prescriptions and visits. With Sentinel™ in place, you will never have to worry about losing your patient data or experiencing prolonged downtimes. If you are wanting to rent aesthetic lasers, it is especially beneficial to have the Sentinel™ system in place.

The Five Sensus Smart Lasers

At Sensus Healthcare, Inc., we specialize in effective treatments for both oncological and non-oncological conditions. We offer several medical devices and laser systems to treat a variety of keloids, non-melanoma skin cancer, and cosmetic concerns. When you rent aesthetic lasers from Sensus, we present dermatology providers the opportunity to offer their patients more ways to treat pigmentation, wrinkles, unwanted hair or tattoos, body contouring, and more.

Sensus Q-Switch

The Sensus Q-Switch is used for tattoo removal and to treat unwanted dark spots.

While this laser treats pigmented skin, moles, and freckles, it is also used for tattoo removal. This laser is best for darker-colored tattoos, as lighter colors such as green and yellow tattoo ink might not benefit as much.

Sensus PICO

The Sensus PICO treats age spots, freckles, pigmented lesions, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and removes tattoos. The rapid energy delivery from the picosecond laser technology prevents heat from building up, eliminating side effects such as blistering or burns. A majority of patients experience a safe and effective treatment with reduced side effects. Picosecond laser technology was originally used for tattoo removal, but studies have shown this laser to be effective for other dermatology treatments, reducing the number of treatments needed. If you want to rent aesthetic lasers for your practice, the PICO is a great option.

Sensus IPL

The Sensus IPL technology is used by medical professionals to perform a variety of skin treatments, including hair removal. The procedure usually spans about 25 to 30 minutes but depends on the area treated. Patients will have an average of four to six weeks gap between procedures. There is little to no downtime for recovery.

Sensus Body Contouring

The Sensus Body Contouring is a non-invasive laser treatment that destroys fat cells with hyperthermia technology. Results are seen as quickly as six weeks, and optimal fat loss results are usually seen in 12 weeks. If you are looking to rent aesthetic lasers for your practice that promote fat loss, our body contouring laser is a fantastic option for effective weight loss treatment.

Sensus CO2

As the most used laser in the dermatology field, the Sensus CO2 treats scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. The CO2 laser is ideal for skin treatments because of the skin’s high water percentage. Over the past few years, advances in laser technology have allowed cosmetic surgeons to provide their clients with the best solutions. Traditional treatments are being replaced with laser treatments for the correction of scars and wrinkles. The range of uses for the CO2 laser is expected to continue to grow in the future!

If you are a healthcare professional in the South Florida area interested in renting the Sensus Aesthetic Lasers, contact us today! Call 561.922.5808 or contact us to rent aesthetic lasers and learn more about our services.

 

Sensus Healthcare has recently partnered with Sentinel™, a cloud-based asset-management, remote monitoring and diagnostic platform. Sentinel™ is a cloud platform installed directly onto any Sensus laser to provide real-time information about the status of your system.

Sentinel™ Cloud Features

The Sentinel™ cloud system has several features to keep your systems at your practice on track. The platform boasts continuous remote monitoring to track the status of your system from any web browser or iOS device. Continuous backups ensure that valuable information is safely stored in the cloud, and allows providers with multiple locations or group practices can monitor remotely at all times. The Sentinel™ system also allows providers to monitor any service issues without having to send an engineer to the field, such as calibration, monitoring voltage and temperature.

Each practice has customizable access to the Sentinel™ data. You can use a single physician login, or allow multiple users to access data by simply downloading the app and signing on from a unique login. All data on Sentinel™ adheres to HIPAA regulations and is safely stored. From the moment you switch the device on, everything is being monitored for compliance. These compliance reports can be tailored to each practice’s needs, such as tracing records, patient information, or switching information to Physicists Only or Service Only.

Sentinel™ makes it easy to store patient information and manage assets. It can easily track your patient’s information, including prescriptions and visits. With Sentinel™ in place, you will never have to worry about losing your patient data or experiencing prolonged downtimes.

Sentinel Cloud System

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sentinel?

Sentinel is cloud-based platform that is supported on the SRT-100 Vision, SRT-100+ and Sculptura. Our state-of-the-art asset management provides real time system diagnostics, remote monitoring patient data to Physicians from any web browser or any iOS device.

How is it beneficial for my practice?

Providers with multiple locations or group practices who require multiple SRT-100 Vision systems can monitor remotely 24/7. Easily track your patient’s prescriptions and visits.  Continuous backups to ensure valuable information is safely stored. As well as service issues without having to send an engineer to the field (calibration, monitor voltage and temp)

How and who can access Sentinel data?

Each practice has a customizable access. Single Physician log in or multiple users can access data by downloading the app and signing into a unique log in. All data that is on Sentinel adheres to HIPAA regulations.

What kind of reporting and data can I access?

From the moment you switch the device on, everything the device does is being monitored for compliance. Reports can be tailored to each practices’ needs such as Physicists Only or Service Only, track records and patient information.

If you are a healthcare professional in the South Florida area interested in renting the Sensus Aesthetic Lasers, contact us today! Call 561.922.5808 or visit www.sensushealthcare.com to learn more about our services.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer and the most frequently occurring form of all cancers. There are an estimated 3.6 million cases diagnosed every year in the U.S. alone. Because of the slow growth of BCCs, most are curable and don’t cause too much damage when treated early. If you or a family member think you might be suffering from BCC, don’t fear, as there are many options for basal cell skin cancer treatment.

What does BCC look like?

BCCs can look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, scars, or any abnormal lesion on the skin. These lesions commonly arise in sun-exposed areas of the body, as this cancer often occurs from DNA damage from exposure to UV radiation from the sun or indoor tanning. It is important to catch BCC early and look for warning signs, as this will make your basal cell skin cancer treatment more successful.

What are my treatment options?

If you have been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, you have several treatment options available to you. Several surgical options exist that come with risks of scarring, pain, and damage to surrounding tissue. For a non-surgical basal cell skin cancer treatment option, there is another choice: Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT). The cure rates of Sensus Healthcare’s SRTdevices compete with those of surgical treatments, destroying skin cancer without the side effects of surgical procedures.

Benefits of SRT-100™

The SRT-100™, SRT-100+™, and SRT-100 Vision™ give a precise, pain-free, calibrated, low-dose of Superficial Radiotherapy that effectively destroys basal cell cancer, without cutting, bleeding, stitching, or anesthesia. Plus, there is no risk of infection, scarring, or need for reconstructive plastic surgery. SRT from Sensus Healthcare is the easiest, most effective non-melanoma skin cancer treatment option; there is no downtime or lifestyle restrictions following the procedure.

This treatment option can be safely performed in your doctor’s office. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, ask your doctor about Superficial Radiation Therapy for your basal cell skin cancer treatment, or find a treatment location near you using the SRT locator tool on our website.

 

Presented by Michael H. Gold, MD, Gold Skin Care Center, Tennessee Clinical Research Center, Nashville, TN USA. Dr. Gold utilized Sensus Healthcare's Superficial Radiation Therapy technology to treat keloids after removal. View the impressive results below. Learn more about how our devices work to treat keloids after surgical removal to ensure they do not grow back.

4 Years Post SRT
19 months s/p shave removal and SRT of right posterior helix keloid

Photos Courtesy of Michael H. Gold, M.D., Marci Levy PA, Collette Utley NP PhD, Caroline Lee PA The Laser & Rejuvenation Center of Gold Skin Care Center, Nashville, TN

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, yet relatively easy to detect. Despite these two factors, many people still ignore the signs of skin cancer until it has developed into a far more troublesome predicament. Fortunately, with just a small amount of education, you can put yourself in the position to catch signs of skin cancer early. If skin cancer is caught early, it is fairly treatable.

Identifying the Signs

The most important aspect of fighting skin cancer is simply noticing its presence. The most efficient way for recognizing areas of concern is using the “ABCDE” of skin cancer. This acronym stands for asymmetry, borders, color, diameter and evolution. Essentially you should be assessing if the following aspects apply to the abnormal area:

  • the area is asymmetric in shape
  • the borders are uneven
  • the color is different from one area to another
  • the diameter is above 6mm
  • the area has changed appearance over a period of time

This could be a growth, a mole or birthmark that increases in size and changes shape, a spot that continues to be agitated or an open sore that does not heal within three weeks. These are the signs you will be searching for as you perform a self skin check.

Next Steps

There are different forms of skin cancer, each with their own associated signs. For general purposes, The Skin Cancer Foundation provides a simplified guideline to spotting signs of skin cancer. While performing a self skin check, if you see something new, changing or unusual, then you should seek care from a dermatology provider in order to receive a proper diagnosis.

At Sensus Healthcare, we provide superficial radiation technology to physicians for the efficient, safe, and scar-less removal of non-melanoma skin cancer. If you are a patient or a physician looking to learn more about superficial radiation technology for treating non-melanoma skin cancer, please contact us for more information.

 

 

Keloids are a fairly common condition in the United States for people below the age of 30. Keloid scarring is often cosmetically unappealing, and most people with keloid scarring are in a situation where they are searching “keloid removal near me.” 

Because keloids often form in areas where the skin has experienced previous trauma of some kind, surgical removal is oftentimes unsuccessful. While surgical removal does solve the problem temporarily, there is a decent likelihood that the keloids will reform over the sites of the surgical incisions. This is why, when people search “keloid removal near me,” they should be aware that there is another technology available that, when paired with the surgeon’s process, can extend the short-term benefits of surgical removal into a permanent solution for keloids. 

Find Keloid Removal Near Me with SRT

Superficial Radiation Therapy technology, or SRT for short, is a non-invasive treatment option for a variety of skin problems. SRT uses a hyper-focused beam of radiation that does not penetrate past the skin. SRT is FDA approved for, and is most often used in, treating non-melanoma skin cancer and keloids. When SRT is used for treating keloids, it is used in a post-surgical technique which applies the technology to the area where the keloid was removed in order to prevent keloids from re-forming over that area.

The SRT-100 Vision

One of the most advanced SRT machines, the SRT-100 Vision from Sensus Healthcare has garnered an impressive cure rate of 94% for treatment after keloid removal. The SRT-100 Vision also offers the added benefit of coming equipped with a high-frequency ultra-sound guidance system which allows providers to view the treatment area while in the process of treating it. This means that the provider can be more accurate in assessing keloid tissue and target it more precisely.

 For more information on why SRT ought to be considered when you hope to find keloid removal near me, read our page on keloids.

 

How To Treat Skin Cancer The Traditional Way

Knowing how to treat skin cancer on the face can provide patients with better options than what is traditionally prescribed. Mohs surgery is still the presumed procedure by which to remove non-melanoma skin cancer, even though it was developed in 1938! Mohs surgery involves incision, a mild amount of pain, and presumably a permanent scar. At Sensus Healthcare, we can both appreciate that Mohs has for decades been very successful, and that, after 82 years of doing things the same way, there’s a newer alternative on how to treat skin cancer on the face.

 

How To Treat Skin Cancer The New Way

We specialize in superficial radiation therapy, or SRT. This technique aims to remove non-melanoma cancerous cells without any of the downsides of the traditional Mohs surgical method; no surgery means no cutting, bleeding, risk of infection, pain during the procedure, and most notably no scarring. Scarring is a common result of Mohs surgery that is avoided entirely using our SRT technology. For an area as sensitive as the face, having a treatment option that does not risk scarring is ideal.

 

How Does SRT Work

 During SRT, a focused and low dose of radiation is precisely applied to the area of the tumor or lesion. The radiation only goes skin deep and is approved by the FDA for use in treating basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and non-malignant tumor cells. The treatment is carried out through multiple, quick sessions for an effective approach on how to treat skin cancer on the face.

 

Sensus’ Line Of SRT Machines

Sensus Healthcare is proud to offer modern solutions to the problem of how to treat skin cancer on the face. We have three incredible machines that will suit any dermatology or oncology practice: the SRT-100, SRT-100+, and SRT-100 Vision.

The SRT-100 Vision includes high frequency ultrasound for the purposes of imaging lesions and tumors. When paired with the detailed touch-screen display, the physician can see the treatment areas while the procedure is occurring. This ‘see and treat’ method is the most thorough technique for SRT available to date.

If you are interested in one of our machines for your practice, please reach out to us. If you would like to see if SRT is a good treatment option for you,  find a physician that offers SRT close to you.

 

Skin Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Receiving a skin cancer diagnosis, no matter the stage or type, can be intimidating to hear. The first thing you might do after receiving a diagnosis is research treatment options to familiarize yourself. There are numerous treatment options for non-melanoma cancer like Mohs surgery, cryosurgery, electrosurgery, or Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT). Although all options are effective, the skin cancer treatment side effects differ greatly. SRT treatment is the non-surgical option that effectively destroys cancer cells in the most non-invasive way possible and with minimal side effects.

What is Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer?

There are two types of non-melanoma skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma and and squamous cell carcinoma. These skin cancers are caused by over exposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds, and form on areas of the skin and scalp. Typically, non-melanoma skin cancer is less aggressive than melanoma, and not as likely to spread throughout your body. Like mentioned previously, there are several treatment options that should remove the cancerous spot and stop the spread of the cancer to other areas.

Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) Treatment Option

SRT is a radiation therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer. This treatment delivers a specific dose of SRT that goes just skin deep – no cutting or incisions involved. Because of the non-invasive approach, the skin cancer treatment side effects are minimal, and there is a slim chance of infection, scarring, or post-treatment lifestyle limitations. Not only is SRT safe and effective, but also quick! SRT can be performed in a physician’s office without anesthesia, and the healing time following is much faster than surgery such as Mohs. SRT is a safe, effective, and painless treatment option for patients and physicians alike.

Out of all the treatment options, SRT has the least amount of skin cancer treatment side effects. If you’re a patient interested in SRT treatment, or a physician wanting to add this non-invasive treatment to your practice, contact Sensus Healthcare today. We’d be glad to help get you started with SRT.

 

 

The Best Skin Cancer Care in Jackson, Wyoming

In any given season, the population of Jackson, Wyoming may only be a little more than 10,000 or 11,000 permanent residents, but because of the area's huge popularity with visitors, many thousands are people can be found here. Why? The wonderful outdoor playground that surrounds the greater Jackson Hole area. From fishing to skiing to hiking to mountain climbing to bicycling and more, it is almost impossible to be bored when outdoors near Jackson, WY. But being outdoors also means exposure to UV light, the chief cause of skin cancer, thus people who live in or visit Jackson may be at elevated risk for this ailment.

If you think you may be displaying any symptoms of skin cancer, you need to get to a Jackson, WY dermatologist right away, even if you're just visiting the area. A skin cancer specialist in Jackson can quickly diagnosis your disease (or allay your fears) and then you can choose to start treatment right away in Jackson or hurry home for skin cancer treatment where you live. Ultimately, the best skin cancer treatment is the treatment you start as quickly as possible.

Skin Cancer Symptoms and Images of Skin Cancer

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America at present, accounting for more than five million new cases of illness every year. Many people who develop skin cancer do not recognize the disease quickly because skin cancer symptoms show up in so many different ways. If you look at photos of skin cancer symptoms you will see many different ways skin cancer shows up on different patients. So the answer to the question "What does skin cancer look like?" may not be the one to seek; instead, when you see anything worrying on your skin, the better question may be "Should I get this checked out by a dermatologist?" And the answer to that is always yes.

While skin cancer symptoms vary from person to person, there are a few common ways non-melanoma skin cancer displays itself on the body, so watch out for these symptoms in particular:

  • Open Sores or Lesions - A sore or other small wound on the skin the cause of which you can't explain and that won't heal as you'd expect may be skin cancer.
  • Raised Shiny Bumps - Elevated bumps that may be pink or red and have a pearlescent exterior are common symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer.
  • Flaky Patches - Waxen, yellow or gray patches of skin that flake away from time to time are very likely skin cancer or pre-cancerous growths.
  • Irregular Moles - A mole that is changing its shape and size, is irregularly colored, or has irregular borders may well indicate skin cancer, and at times may be a symptom of the most aggressive form of skin cancer, melanoma.

How Serious Is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma skin cancer, or BCC for short, is the most common form of skin cancer and is readily treated by skin cancer doctors in Jackson, WY as long as you catch the cancer early. With rapid intervention, BCC can be treated and completely cured on almost all patients without significant risk of greater health complications. If you think you may have symptoms of basal cell skin cancer, get to a dermatologist immediately and, if the diagnosis comes back positive, start treatment right away and you'll soon be restored to full health.

How Serious Is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma spreads more rapidly and aggressively than BCC, but if caught early on and treated aggressively, it is not more deadly and is completely curable. With squamous cell cancer (SCC for short) time is even more of the essence than with BCC, but the same reliable treatment for basal cell skin cancer can be used for SCC. So how do you choose the bests skin cancer treatment in Jackson Hole for your specific needs? For many patients, the answer is trusting Superficial Radiation Therapy.

Superficial Radiation Therapy Cancer Treatment for BCC and SCC

Superficial Radiation Therapy, or SRT, uses a concentrated dose of radiation delivered to the site of a carcinoma during treatment sessions repeated almost daily over the course of several weeks. The radiation does not penetrate more than five milliners down into the skin and does not cause side effects to healthy tissue nearby, but it does disrupt the DNA of cancer cells, causing them to stop replicating and spreading and to die and slough off of your body. SRT is an outpatient procedure with minimal discomfort.

How Serious Is Basal Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer?

Basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, is the most common form of non-melanoma skin cancer, and when paired together with squamous cell carcinoma, or SCC, these are the most common types of cancer in America overall. About one in four Americans will develop non-melanoma skin cancer at some point in their lives (many people will deal with BCC or SCC -- or both in rarer cases -- multiple times, in fact), so in Spokane, WA skin cancer is likely to afflict some 25,000-plus people given the current population of the city. In other words, basal cell cancer is not rare.

But just because BCC is common does not mean it is not serious. Think of it like this: You would not be terrified of a candle that toppled over onto a tablecloth, but if you left that little flame to its own devices, the resulting home fire that could spread as a result could be a disaster. If treated rapidly as soon as it is diagnosed, BCC is not life threatening and can usually be completely cured on the first round of treatment. (Squamous cell cancer spreads more rapidly and can be much more dangerous and potentially deadly, but treated fast it too is highly curable with a nearly 100% survival rate in patients without notable co-morbidities.)

If you are looking for noninvasive skin cancer treatment in Spokane WA, you are already taking the first steps toward getting a cure for your skin cancer. The next step is to learn all you can while also finding a great skin cancer dermatologist in Spokane who can be a part of the solution.

Who Is at Risk for Basal Cell Cancer?

Anyone can get skin cancer, but BCC does have a much higher occurrence in people who have spent a lot of their lives in the sun, especially without diligent use of sunblock and clothes covering skin. If your hobbies always have you outdoors or you work outside, the skin regularly exposed to the sun's UV light is much more likely to develop basal cell cancer. This type of skin cancer does occur more often in people with fair skin and does afflict older people more often, but even people in their 20s may be at risk, and ultimately skin cancer does not discriminate who it affects.

What Are the Symptoms of Basal Cell Skin Cancer?

Basal cell cancer photos you see online or images of skin cancer in medical books or journals reveal one of the most insidious things about skin cancer: its symptoms can present themselves in many different ways. There are common symptoms of skin cancer and we'll cover those in a moment, but if you see something on your skin that seems out of place, you need to get to a dermatologist in Spokane who deals with skin cancer even if it does not match these common non-melanoma skin cancer symptoms.

  • Raised Bumps without Other Explanation: A raised bump of notable size, more than a few millimeters across, that has a shiny, pearlescent sheen and is reddish, pink, or white may be a sign of skin cancer.
  • Unexplained Sores or Lesions: Open and festering sores or little wounds that have no clear cause and that don't heal normally are a common sign of skin cancer.
  • Flaky Patches of Waxy Skin: Often confused with age spots, yellow, gray, or ashen and waxy patches of skin that slough away in pieces often indicate skin cancer.
  • Irregular Moles: Any mole that is changing its shape or size and that is of unusual color and has fluid borders is a cause for concern, especially as it may indicate the presence of the far more serious melanoma type of skin cancer.

If you see these or any other potential signs of skin cancer, get to a Spokane dermatologist and get a diagnosis right away.

The Best Skin Cancer Care in Spokane Washington

There are many treatments skin cancer doctors in Spokane can use to treat non-melanoma skin cancer, from cryosurgery using liquid nitrogen to freeze off a carcinoma to excisions surgery that cuts the cancer out to topical medications with light therapy. But for many skin cancer patients, the best choice will be Superficial Radiation Therapy. Also called SRT and often performed with the SRT-100, an FDA-cleared device made by Sensus Healthcare and popular with dermatologists around the globe, this treatment uses safe, concentrated doses of radiation that penetrate only a few millimeters into the skin and can disrupt cancer cell DNA and stop its spread without damaging nearby healthy tissue. SRT is a safe, almost painless outpatient procedure that you should discuss with your Spokane skin cancer specialist at your very first consultation.

Who Is at Risk of Getting Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America, and it can affect almost anyone. People with fair skin are at an elevated risk for skin cancer because their lighter skin cannot naturally reject the sun's UV light as well as people with more melanin, but even those with darker complexions can get skin cancer. And while older Americans tend to develop skin cancer more often than younger people given the years during which they can have endured sun damage, even people in their 20s can develop both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer.

About 1 in 4 Americans will get some type of skin cancer in their lifetime, so nearly 25,000 people currently living in Worcester, MA can expect skin cancer to be a part of their lives at some point. You can reduce the chance that you will develop skin cancer by always wearing sunblock on exposed skin when outside, wearing clothing that covers your skin when possible, by making sure the windows of your vehicles and home are tinted with UV-blocking window film, and by never using tanning beds. But even with all the best precautions in the world, you may still develop skin cancer. Knowing what to look for and what to do if that happens can help you deal with the cancer appropriately if it ever occurs.

Is Basal Cell Carcinoma a Deadly Cancer?

Basal cell carcinoma skin cancer occurs when the skin's basal cells, which are responsible for producing new skin cells in the epidermis, the outer layer of skin, begin to divide uncontrollably, creating a cancerous growth in the skin. Basal cell carcinoma, which is often shortened to BCC, is the most common and least dangerous type of skin cancer and with proper basal cell cancer care it is rarely a severe medical issue and hardly ever life threatening. But BCC is only so moderate of an issue when you promptly seek treatment after identifying the cancer. If you think you might have skin cancer, get to a Worcester dermatologist immediately and get yourself checked out.

How Serious Is Squamous Cell Skin Cancer?

Squamous cell carcinoma, or SCC, is a much faster spreading skin cancer than BCC. It can aggressively spread on the skin and can also penetrate down into the skin and beyond, eventually reaching lymph nodes and other organs. Once SCC spreads to other organs in the body, the five year survival rate plummets to below 50%, and that's even with aggressive cancer treatment. The good news is that when diagnosed and treated early, SCC is as readily curable as basal cell cancer and has an almost 100% survival rate when intervention is commenced swiftly. Annual skin checks at a Worcester dermatologist (or bi-annual checks for those at higher risk for developing cancer) and frequent self checks are your best tool on staying safe from SCC or any other type of skin cancer.

How Serious Is Melanoma Skin Cancer?

Once melanoma begins to spread, it quickly becomes a hard to cure and seriously life threatening cancer. Melanoma accounts for only about 5% of skin cancer cases in America yet leads to more than 75% of the deaths caused by skin cancer. While potentially very serious and even fatal, when detected early and treated aggressively, melanoma is curable and even has a 99% five year survival rate for those patients who commence melanoma skin cancer treatment right away once the disease is diagnosed.

What Are the Symptoms of Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer presents itself in a number of different ways, so knowing the many symptoms can help you identify the signs of skin cancer that show up on your own body. But a skin cancer self diagnosis should only be one step of the process, and a step that leads you to going to a Worcester skin cancer doctor immediately if you think you see any skin cancer symptoms or even something that might be an indication of cancer on the skin.

Melanoma usually presents itself in the form of an irregular mole, and especially in a new mole that changes and grows noticeably over time. (Melanoma only shows up in extant moles in about 20% to 30% of cases.) There is a simple device skin cancer dermatologists teach patients to use when examining a mole for potential symptoms of melanoma, and it uses the first five letters of the alphabet. A is for Asymmetry, as healthy moles tend to be uniform in shape while cancerous moles can have uneven outlines. B is for Borders, because normal moles have clear, obvious borders while cancerous moles have ill defined borders that may fade into nearby healthy tissue. C is for color, as healthy moles are usually solid in color, while melanoma tends to present as moles with blotches or varied color patches. D is for diameter, as moles that are a result of skin cancer tend to be much larger than regular moles, often quickly growing more than a quarter inch across. E is for evolving; healthy moles look the same for years and even decades, while melanoma moles change over the course of weeks.

Non-melanoma skin cancer can be hard to identify because the symptoms can look so different from one case to the next and can also look like other skin issues or even common skin conditions that are usually benign. If you see any of these symptoms or anything else on your skin that gives you concern, get to your Worcester, MA dermatologist right away. And remember, photos of skin cancer might not show you symptoms like you see on your body, so don't rely on skin cancer images, rely on skin cancer experts.

The most common symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer include flaky patches of skin that may be yellow or gray and that slough off from time to time (and may look like age spots), raised bumps with a pink or red color and a shiny exterior (that may look like small scars or acne), open sores or lesions that fester and don't heal properly, large and usually shaped brown spots, and in rarer cases, as blue or purple splotches on the skin.

Get to a Worcester skin cancer specialist right away if you spot any of these symptoms on your skin or on a loved one's body.

The Best Skin Cancer Doctors in Worcester, MA

There are plenty of excellent skin cancer doctors in Worcester, MA so finding the best care for skin cancer in Worcester won't be hard to do. You do, however, need to pick a doctor who will make the right partner for you based on your needs both as a cancer patient and as a person who wants to be an active participant in planning your care. Depending on the type and severity of your skin cancer, you may be treated by a dermatologist with a general practice or by a surgical oncologist for more advanced and severe cases of skin cancer.

Skin cancer doctors in Worcester, MA can use a number of techniques to treat skin cancer. Growths caught very early or even in the precancerous stage can often be treated with applications of liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery) that can freeze off the afflicted tissue, curettage in which cancerous tissue is carefully scraped away with a sharp tool, topical medication treatment, laser surgery, or a few other skin cancer treatment options.

For more advanced skin cancers, or for skin cancer that has already resisted another course of treatment, many doctors recommend Mohs surgery, a process where layers of cancerous tissue are removed and then immediately examined with more tissue sliced away until no cancer is found during testing. Mohs surgery has a 98% successful cure rate.

Not all patients are good candidates for Mohs surgery despite its high cure rate, though. The elderly, people with clotting issues, patients who respond poorly to anesthetics, and others may need a different option for skin cancer treatment, and often the answer is Superficial Radiation Therapy.

Superficial Radiation Therapy vs. Mohs Surgery in Worcester

Superficial Radiation Therapy, also called SRT, is highly effective at destroying cancer cells and curing you of the disease, and it is so minimally invasive it can be used in sensitive cases, like skin cancer on the nose or lips, and it enjoys a cure rate matching that of Mohs surgery. SRT uses concentrated doses of radiation delivered directly to the cancerous cells. The radiation used only penetrates down to five millimeters into the skin at most, protecting the healthy tissue beneath the cancer. Multiple sessions are required over the course of several weeks so the delivery of radiation can be limited to doses that will not damage healthy skin around the cancer, and thus there are essentially no side effects from this minimally uncomfortable procedure. Your Worcester skin cancer doctors can use the Sensus Healthcare SRT-100 device to deliver radiation treatment for skin cancer right there in the office, no hospitalization needed, and you can get about the rest of your day as usual following each session of this outpatient procedure.

What Causes Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Non-melanoma skin cancer is caused almost entirely by exposure to UV light, whether from the sun or from the use of tanning beds. Ultraviolet light damages the very DNA of skin cells; a sun burn is not a burn as you get from heat, but is in fact radiation damage to the skin. Just a few bad sunburns in a lifetime can greatly increase the chance that you will develop skin cancer, so wearing sunblock and protective clothing, applying UV-blocking window tint to your home and vehicles, and staying in the shade whenever you can is imperative for helping you avoid skin cancer.

Your family's history of cancer may show a predisposition to developing skin cancer based on your genes, but far and away the main deciding factors are your own lifestyle. How carefully you avoid sun damage even starting early in life is the primary factor that will dictate whether or not you get skin cancer. And with the long, hot summers in Reno, Nevada skin cancer risks are greatly elevated for any who don't heed that advice.

Who Is at Risk for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer?

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America overall. Some one in four Americans will develop skin cancer at some point, and about four million cases of basal cell carcinoma and one million cases of squamous cell carcinoma are reported each year. While non-melanoma skin cancer usually affects older Americans who have had more years of exposure to the sun, it can occur even on much younger people who have gotten a few burns. Skin cancer is more common for people with lighter skin coloring and for people who live at higher altitudes where there is less atmosphere to block UV light, and genetics may slightly predispose some people to skin cancer, but the short story is that anyone can get skin cancer, so everyone should get regular skin cancer checks. Spending less than an hour a year at a Reno, NV dermatologist could make the difference between you catching skin cancer early and getting it treated or dealing with a much more involved and dangerous disease as it starts to spread.

Pictures of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Might Not Show Your Skin Cancer Symptoms

Melanoma skin cancer almost always presents itself in the form of a new mole that grows and changes rapidly and that has unusual coloring, borders, and an odd shape. Non-melanoma skin cancers, on the other hand, present in myriad ways, some of which look nothing like one another. So if you see a few photos of skin cancer symptoms, know that you may very well have a carcinoma even if your skin issue looks nothing like the skin cancer images you see online.

The most common symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer are flaky waxy patches of skin that slough off at times, unexplained sores that don't heal on their own, raised shiny bumps with a pearlescent sheen, and odd lesions often found on the nose or ears that fester indefinitely.

If you have these or other odd skin conditions that don't quickly resolve themselves, get to a Reno skin cancer specialist at the soonest possibility.

The Best Skin Cancer Doctors In Reno, NV

There are many excellent skin cancer dermatologists in Reno, Nevada so don't worry about singling out one specific Reno dermatologist over another. Instead, make an appointment with a respected skin cancer doctor near me right away and get a diagnosis. Time is your and your doctor's best ally here; the sooner you have your skin cancer prognosis the sooner you can commence a skin cancer treatment plan that should see you cured quickly.

What Is the Best Skin Cancer Treatment Reno, NV Patients Can Get?

Of the many treatments Reno, NV skin cancer doctors can offer their patients, many agree that Superficial Radiation Therapy, abbreviated as SRT, is the best choice. SRT can be performed by any qualified dermatologist thanks to compact hardware like the FDA cleared SRT-100 device from Sensus Healthcare, a portable unit that delivers concentrated doses of radiation that destroy the DNA of cancer cells, stopping their mitosis (cellular division that leads to spread) and killing the cancer off. The dead malignant tissue then sloughs away leaving only healthy tissue behind.

Is Radiation Safe for Treating Skin Cancer?

SRT is a very safe skin cancer treatment because the radiation only penetrates down a few millimeters into the skin, leaving healthy tissue untouched. It is an outpatient procedure that is so noninvasive and minimally painful that neither pain management medication or wound care are needed save for in very rare cases.

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