CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. –Patients in Franklin County now have another skin cancer surgery option -- Summit ENT & Hearing Services in Chambersburg.
Dr. Carter Davidson and Dr. Joshua Dunklebarger have been trained to surgically remove skin cancers from the face, scalp and neck.

According to Drs. Dunklebarger and Davidson, as part of their residency training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center they have been trained to surgically treat skin cancer of the face, scalp and neck as well as other regions of the body.

“Comprehensive treatment of skin cancer was an integral part of our residency training program,” said Davidson.

“Specifically, we perform surgery on skin cancers as well as management of metastatic disease in the head and neck with surgical removal, pathologic analysis of margins and reconstruction occurring typically in the same surgical sitting,” Dunklebarger stated.

In a fashion similar to Mohs’ surgery, lesions are removed, and pathologic analysis occurs on the same day of the surgery, allowing for same day reconstruction of surgical defects, the surgeons noted.

“We are uniquely trained in this method of removal and reconstruction, as well as the management of distant metastatic disease, and have been treating patients with varied skin cancers since we came to Summit Health in the fall of 2011,” Davidson said.

Each physician encourages early detection and management concerning skin lesions.  Patients are urged to be aware of their skin, taking notes of any marks that are new or appear to change in size, shape or color.

“Early detection is one of the most critical pieces in treating skin cancer,” Davidson said. “We want to find skin cancers while they are small and have not spread to other parts of the body.”

The doctors provided tips for checking your skin.

“Just remember your ABCs,” Dunklebarger said.

A – Asymmetry – if you draw a line through the mark, do the two sides match? If not, talk to your doctor.

B – Borders – the borders of a skin cancer may be uneven, or notched.

C – Color – multiple colors in a skin mark can be a sign of cancer.

D – Diameter – melanomas tend to be larger than the size of a pencil eraser, but they can be smaller, so make sure you are also looking at the borders and colors of the skin mark.

E – Evolving – if you notice a change in the size, shape, color or other trait of your skin mark, or you notice bleeding, itching or crusting, please see your doctor right away.

“If you have any questions, please call us,” the surgeons encouraged, “Skin cancer can’t wait.”

For more information call Summit ENT & Hearing Services at (717) 217-6870.

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Friday, January 24, 2014