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Skin Cancer Specialist

Ohio Dermatology Center

Dermatology located in Gahanna, OH & New Albany, OH

Because skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America, it’s particularly important to be watchful and take action if you notice skin changes. At Ohio Dermatology Center, fellowship-trained dermatologist Larisa Ravitskiy, MD, offers skin cancer screening, diagnosis, and all forms of treatment, including Mohs surgery. There are two offices located in Gahanna and New Albany, Ohio, so click the online scheduler or call the one nearest you to arrange your appointment.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What are the different types of skin cancer?

Some of the most common forms of skin cancer include:

Actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis is a type of abnormal skin growth caused by sun exposure. While not cancerous, actinic keratosis can turn into skin cancer in some cases. 

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is abnormal rapid growth of basal skin cells in your outermost skin layer. It's the most common kind of skin cancer. 

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is the abnormal fast growth of squamous cells near the skin’s surface. It’s the second most common kind of skin cancer. 

Melanoma

Melanoma is a very serious skin cancer that happens when the melanocytes that create skin pigment start growing out of control. 

Merkle cell carcinoma

Merkle cell carcinoma is a very rare skin cancer, common among older adults. It usually starts as a skin nodule.

Dr. Ravitskiy is an expert in identifying all forms of skin cancer. If you notice any suspicious changes, call Ohio Dermatology Center as soon as possible. 

How often do I need skin cancer screening?

It's important to check your skin regularly at home. This includes checking under your hair and using mirrors to view the areas you can't easily see on your own. 

Through these self-checks, you can learn what your skin normally looks like. This allows you to respond quickly to changes, which is crucial for prevention and early treatment.

If you have any of the ABCDEs of melanoma, make an appointment immediately. These include:

  • Asymmetrical shape  
  • Borders that are uneven 
  • Color change or multiple colors
  • Diameter that’s larger than a pencil eraser, or dark lesion
  • Evolving (changing size, shape, color, or sudden bleeding)

If you have a history of skin cancer, Dr. Ravitskiy recommends visiting Ohio Dermatology Center once a year for a professional checkup. If you've never had skin cancer, Dr. Ravitskiy may recommend checkups every two or three years instead.  

How do you treat skin cancer?

Skin cancer treatment varies considerably based on the type of cancer, the chance of recurrence, and your history of skin cancer. 

For some skin cancers, particularly first-time occurrences, Dr. Ravitskiy may perform an excision to remove the growth and some of the tissue around it. 

For actinic keratosis, a combination approach called LEVULAN® KERASTICK® with BLU-U® photodynamic therapy may be the best treatment. In this treatment, Dr. Ravitskiy applies a topical acid and then exposes your skin to a blue light that destroys the growth.

If you have advanced skin cancer, fast-growing cancer like melanoma, or are at risk for recurrence, you may need Mohs surgery. During this procedure, Dr. Ravitskiy removes cancer cells one layer at a time. After Mohs surgery, she does skin reconstruction to help you heal. 

For skin cancer support, from screening to diagnosis to treatment, call Ohio Dermatology Center or click the online scheduler.