Jun 18 2010

Skin Cancer: The Most Common Form of Cancer says Bethesda Plastic Surgeon

You might be surprised to hear that a plastic surgeon dedicates so much of his practice to skincare health and skin cancer prevention.  Dr. Roger J. Oldham’s in-office surgery center, the Bethesda Surgery Center, sees patients for consultation and surgery two days each week, Tuesday and Thursday.  Dr. Oldham is a board certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience with skin rejuvenation treatment and skincare health through skin lesion removal, both benign and cancerous.  Voted the “Best Plastic Surgeon in Bethesda” and Washington D.C.’s “Top Plastic Surgeon” by Bethesda and Washingtonian Magazines, Dr. Oldham is the area’s most trusted plastic surgery practitioner. 

According to the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute, nonmelanoma skin cancer is the most common form.  In 2009 alone, more than one million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer were expected, making it the most prevalent at 50% of all cancer cases in the United States.  Sadly, NIH and the NCI estimate that skin cancer (melanoma and nonmelanoma),  account for more than 9,000 deaths in 2009.  Even more surprising is that while nonmelanoma is significantly more common than melanoma (one million diagnosed vs. 70,000 with melanoma), melanoma skin cancer accounts for 8 times the number of deaths (1,000 with nonmelanoma and about 8,500 with melanoma).  Dr. Oldham is always concerned about the health of his patients’ skin.  Because exposure to the sun is acknowledge as the cause of skin cancer in almost 90% of cases, sunscreen and extra care should always be used when exposure to the sun is expected.  Additionally, you can be proactive about skin cancer by being constantly aware of skin lesions and moles that change in size, shape, color, or symmetry.  Melanoma, for example often presents as a large mole with fuzzy borders and is irregular in shape.  If you do see change, contact the office of Dr. Oldham immediately.  Through surgical excision, Dr. Oldham can safely remove the lesion and leave the affected area with minimal scarring as seen in this patient before and after mole (skin lesion) removal. 

If you have questions about the price, benefits, length of surgery, and other surgical details regarding skin lesion removal, call our Bethesda office to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Oldham.  His Bethesda practice is conveniently-located close to your residence or workplace in Maryland, D.C., or Northern Virginia: Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Olney, Potomac, and Rockville, Maryland; Vienna, Great Falls, Fairfax, Annandale, Reston, McLean, Alexandria, Tysons, Herndon, and Arlington, Virginia; and Federal Triangle, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Cleveland Park in Northwest Washington D.C.

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