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The most common cancers in the United States and the 7th leading cause of death from cancer is skin cancer. More than 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed and treated in 2009 in the United States alone. Of these more than 50,000 will be malignant melanoma, the 7th leading cause of cancer deaths.
Dr. Edward Lack and Dr. John Rachel have combined more than 50 years of experience in skin cancer reconstruction and facial plastic surgery to create the most up to date facility for diagnosing skin cancer and providing plastic surgical repairs. With our background in dermatology and head and neck surgery we have tools in diagnosis from the leading centers for dermatopathology in the United States, frozen section controlled excisions, plastic surgical repairs, laser surgery, and adjunctive treatments to minimize scars.
Dr. Lack provides one of the most appealing parts of the cancer program at MetropolitanMD: cancer prevention, which uses modern knowledge of vitamin A metabolism and photodynamic therapy to prevent new cancers from arising. Practiced in Europe for several decades, topical vitamin A, combined with skin nutrients and PDT (photodynamic therapy) can rid the skin of damaged cells waiting to become malignant precursors of disease. Up to 92% of new skin cancers can now be prevented with these techniques.
PDT is an easy treatment that involves application of a liquid, aminolevulinic acid, to the involved skin (face, neck, etc). The solution is left on the skin for 1 hour or more and the skin is then exposed to intense pulsed light. The light activates the chemical and causes an inflammatory response which rids the skin of most radiation damaged cells.
Click on photos to view before and after pictures of some of our patients and then schedule an appointment for your consultation. Consultation and treatment for skin cancer is usually covered by health insurance.
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