Dermatology and Skin Cancer Specialists
Welcome to the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of New Mexico (DSCCNM), serving patients in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers.
Skin Cancer Screening
The early detection of skin cancer is vital. Our dermatology specialists will visually inspect your skin, either in our Albuquerque office or through an online video telemedicine visit. Based on that visual dermatology exam, he or she will make recommendations if further action is needed.
Treatment of Skin Cancer
Early detection of skin cancer allows treatment when the cancer is in the early stages, saving lives while reducing health care costs. Each year in the United States, doctors diagnose about 5.4 million cases of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the most common types of skin cancers. There are about 76,000 new melanoma cancer diagnosis annually, with more than 10,000 deaths from this aggressive skin cancer.
Mohs surgery is a highly specialized and precise micrographic surgical procedure for the total removal of the skin cancer, performed in the DSCCNM office under local anesthesia. Most commonly performed on basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, it removes skin cancer, one layer of tissue at a time. Using detailed mapping techniques and microscopic evaluation, the Mohs surgeon can pinpoint areas of cancer invisible to the naked eye. Mohs surgery allows the removal of
as little normal skin as possible while removing the microscopic roots of cancer, giving the patient the greatest possibility of curing skin cancer.
DSCCNM serves patients across New Mexico with board-certified dermatologists and certified PA-Cs, trained in dermatology, including the highest concentration of fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons in the state. Our three Mohs surgeons, Dr.’s David Davis, Daniel Davis, and Michael B. Chang, combined, perform more than 5,000 Mohs surgeries each year.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Blue Light Therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to kill cancer cells. It can be used to treat precancerous spots on or just under the skin’s surface. It can also be used with drugs called photosensitizing agents which react to the light to kill cancer cells. Also known as photoradiation therapy, phototherapy or photochemotherapy, PTD produces a form of oxygen that kills nearby cells.
We encourage everyone to do a monthly at-home skin check. After your bath or shower, use a mirror to look for any signs of changes in your skin, including a mole that changes color or size; raised, reddish patches that occur; any lesion that itches or burns; or other skin irregularities. Signs of skin cancer should be evaluated by a doctor specializing in skin cancer. An annual appointment with a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening is recommended by the American Academy of Dermatologists.
The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of New Mexico accepts many health insurance plans. Please call the office at 505-243-7546 or send the contact form to schedule an in-office visit for a skin cancer screening at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of New Mexico.