Skin Cancer Screening and Mole Exams
Dr. Hevia has devoted his masterful expertise to the enhancement of youthful beauty with cosmetic dermatology. However, concerned for the overall health of his patients, he recognizes the importance of identifying any suspicious growths on the skin. For this reason, he sought an expert in skin cancer and skin cancer surgery to join his practice, and fortunately, Dr. Bernard H. Cohen, M.D., agreed. Dr. Cohen conducts routine screenings of the skin during patient appointments to detect early signs of skin cancer as well as many other dermatological conditions.
Benign pigmented spots or patches of skin, such as moles and other birthmarks that range in color from tan and brown to black (moles) to red, pink or purple (vascular lesions, such as strawberry hemangiomas or port wine stains), are often visually unappealing. Dr. Cohen often removes these skin abnormalities, with various procedures that are determined by depth, location and color as well as the patient’s skin type and age.
Though most birthmarks are harmless, they may change, exhibiting warning signs that warrant an immediate examination by a professional, such as:
- Larger than six millimeters
- Itching and bleeding
- Rapid change in color, size or shape
- Located in hard to see places, such as the scalp