Skin Cancer Specialist

Ryan R. Stevens, M.D., PC

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in Corvallis, OR

Early detection and treatment is the best way of beating skin cancer. At Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. in Corvallis, Oregon, Dr. Stevens offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment solutions for conditions affecting your head and neck, including skin cancer. Don’t ignore irregularities or changes to your skin. Call Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. or schedule an appointment online today.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. There are different kinds of skin cancer, including:

  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC): most common, can grow into nerves and bone
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC): second-most common, can penetrate deep into your skin
  • Melanoma: the deadliest type of skin cancer, can spread aggressively

Anyone can develop skin cancer, but you’re at a higher risk if you have fair skin. These types of cancers generally occur in areas of your body such as your head and neck that are exposed to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet radiation, like tanning beds.

What are the symptoms of skin cancer on the head or neck?

In most cases, skin cancer looks like an unusual growth on your skin. Depending on which form of skin cancer you have, your symptoms might include:

  • Waxy or pearly bump
  • Scaly, crusted, brown or flesh-colored lesion
  • Firm, red lump
  • Large brown spot with dark dots
  • Mole changing in size, color, or texture (might also bleed)

To detect skin cancer as early as possible, it’s essential to contact Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. as soon as you notice any changes that concern you.

How is skin cancer on the head or neck diagnosed and treated?

During your appointment, Dr. Stevens examines the area and takes a biopsy. Based on lab testing, he diagnoses which type of skin cancer is present and outlines additional testing to determine the extent of your condition. This might include imaging tests to evaluate your surrounding lymph nodes as well as looking for signs of cancer in other parts of your body.

Dr. Stevens outlines a treatment strategy for your skin cancer based on its type and severity. Skin cancer therapies often include:

  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen, or cryosurgery
  • Excising or cutting out the cancerous tissue
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Biological therapy

In many cases, skin cancer in the early stages responds to Mohs surgery. This technique is designed to only remove cancerous tissue while leaving surrounding healthy tissue untouched.

To learn more about head or neck skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, call Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. or schedule an appointment online today.