Learn about skin cancer prevention and screening from your Newport Beach dermatologist

Of the various types of cancer treated in our country, skin cancer is one of the most common. About one in five people are affected by skin cancer at some point, and more than three thousand die annually as a result of non-melanoma skin cancers. Each year, more than nine thousand melanoma deaths occur. What is so tragic about the loss of more than twelve thousand lives annually is that most skin cancers can be prevented. As much as 90 percent are the result of UV exposure, and this is something we have the power to control. We also know … Continue reading

Newport Beach dermatologist offers Irvine area residents effective skin cancer treatments

Skin cancer comes in various forms, all of which are concerning. Dr. Arta Farshidi is a Newport Beach dermatologist focused on helping patients recognize suspicious growths early. In our office, patients from all over Orange County, including the Irvine area, receive professional skin cancer screening and treatments. The type of treatment recommended for skin cancer is based on factors such as: The type of skin cancer The location of skin cancer on the body The aggressiveness of skin cancer The stage of cancer diagnosed The patient’s general health Following a comprehensive consultation and examination, Dr. Farshidi may recommend one of … Continue reading

When moles may require skin cancer treatments in the Irvine area

With the prevalence of skin cancer so well known, many people are unsure of how to feel about moles on their body. Moles are a common occurrence, with most of us having between ten and forty of these spots. These areas of pigmentation may sometimes be dark brown and flat. Other moles may be light brown and slightly raised. In essence, moles can be as unique as our fingerprints, which can only cause confusion when trying to determine if a mole should be evaluated for skin cancer treatments, or if it is merely a mole. In our office near Irvine, … Continue reading

Irvine residents benefit from many treatments, including non-surgical options, for skin cancer

Our neck of Southern California gets more sun on average than any other part of the country, with the exception of Vegas and Phoenix. Being out in the sun can be an immediate mood-lifter. Sunlight has been linked to higher levels of that “feel-good” chemical serotonin. It’s for this reason that you hear about light therapy boxes designed to resolve Seasonal Affective Disorder during gloomier winter months. Sunlight has other physical benefits. It is associated with boosting the body’s supply of Vitamin D. Unlike other vitamins, “D” doesn’t need to be obtained from food. It can be synthesized through the … Continue reading

Newport Beach CA dermatologist uses lasers to treat skin cancers comfortably and safely

Laser therapy offers a powerful, safe, and versatile way for Dr. Arta Farshidi to help “discover your skin, discover a new you.” Lasers also provide a way to treat pre-cancers and some of the most common types of skin cancers. Types of treatment Generally, there are 5 different standard ways to treat skin cancers: Surgery Radiation Therapy Chemotherapy Biologic Therapy Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Laser or light based treatments fall within two of those categories: surgery and PDT. Basics on laser surgery The laser produces a narrow, intense beam of light. When directed precisely to a lesion on the surface of … Continue reading

Cure rate for skin cancer at dermatologist’s office in Newport Beach, CA, depends on many factors

Skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States, starts when cells in the skin begin to grow uncontrollably. There are different types of skin cancers, which affect cells that reside in the top layer of skin, or epidermis. Basal cell carcinomas affect the lowest part of the epidermis, known as the “basal cell layer.” For every ten skin cancers, about eight are basal cell carcinomas. These cells are constantly dividing and sloughing off at the surface. As they work their way up in through the epidermis, they eventually become squamous cells. Squamous cell carcinomas make up … Continue reading