Skin Cancer Specialist

Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center

Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology located in The Permian Basin & the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX

Each year across the United States, dermatologists like Ritchie Rosso, Jr, MD, and Robert Chappell, Jr., MD, at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center of the Permian Basin treat more than 5 million cases of skin cancer. This expert team of dermatologists and skin care experts diagnose and treat patients in Odessa, Texas, and the surrounding communities for numerous types of skin cancer. Dr. Rosso is one of only two physicians in the area who specializes Mohs surgery -- a highly successful skin cancer treatment. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to get the most advanced skin cancer treatment.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What are the different types of skin cancer?

Most types of skin cancer are preventable and curable, but early detection is essential. The different types of skin cancer include:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Merkel cell carcinoma

Skin cancer in any form is the result of abnormal, uncontrolled cell growth. It usually develops as a result of ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure or tanning beds. Genetic defects or mutations may also lead to skin cancer, but for most adults, a lifetime of sun exposure is the main culprit.

How can I prevent skin cancer?

For the most part, you can prevent skin cancer by taking simple precautions, including:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Always wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, and don’t allow your skin to burn.
  • Avoid tanning beds.
  • Protect your skin with clothing, hats, and sunglasses.
  • Perform self-exams to check for skin changes each month.
  • Visit your dermatologist regularly for a professional exam.

Self-exams play a vital role in identifying irregularities that could lead to skin cancer. Look for changes in moles or areas of your skin that become different from their usual color, size, or shape.

Which skin cancer treatments are available?

Your skin cancer treatment largely depends on the type of skin cancer diagnosis you receive. Dr. Rosso and Dr. Chappell prescribe a variety of patient-specific treatment options so you get the best, individualized care.

After a comprehensive exam and diagnosis, your treatments may include:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation
  • Prescription medicated topical creams
  • Excisional surgery
  • Mohs micrographic surgery

Surgery to remove cancerous cells can prevent skin cancer from getting worse or recurring, as is common for those with skin cancer.

What is Mohs surgery?

Only physicians like Dr. Rosso, who have special training in the Mohs surgical procedure, can perform this comprehensive, in-office procedure.

Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized technique where Dr. Rosso removes layers of cancerous cells beneath the surface of your skin. Mohs surgery has a very high success rate of removing skin cancer and preventing it from coming back, with minimal damage to healthy tissue.

If you’re concerned about skin cancer, or you’ve never had a professional dermatology exam, call the office for an appointment or use the online booking tool.