What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is a disease that develops when skin cells grow abnormally. There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Seasoned dermatologist Dr Jay Mehta is highly trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. If you've noticed any changes in your skin or have a family history of skin cancer, we encourage you to schedule a skin cancer screening at Arizona Skin Institute in Surprise, AZ near Phoenix.
"I love this place. It is super clean and staff are very versed in all aspects of skin care. I have not been here for awhile as I usually come out to Arizpna for the winter months and have been away but am back now and will be booking appointment right away. This place is so very different than many and do not push things at you. They are 100% professional."- B. / Healthgrades / Jan 08, 2020
"Greeted by a friendly staff :) I was pleased to learn that there was nothing alarming or cancerous after a thorough body check. However, the aging process, as well as many hours in the outdoors were evident! I really appreciated the time Becky spent explaining details about my skin, healthier skincare practices, and product suggestions to improve it - sun block being #1! Dr. Mehta was very pleasant and answered my questions (and fears) about any type of face treatment procedures. I feel very confident having him work on my skin to restore some of its lost glow. I highly recommend the Arizona Skin Institute."- M.A. / Google / Jun 11, 2020
"My first visit at Arizona Skin Institute was great~!...The staff was friendly welcoming, and professional in every detail~!...Dr Mehta is a super nice man~!...He is personable, down-to-earth and easy to talk to...He has great bedside manner~!...He explained things thoroughly and I felt confident about his addressing my issues...I am have no doubt that he'll continue to make my skin health his priority~!...I didn't have any more than a 10 minute wait for my appointment...I was in & out within an hour but I didn't feel at all rushed...I would highly recommend Dr Mehta at Arizona Skin Institute...I am looking forward to any future visits.. I know that Dr Mehta will take good care of me~!...Don't hesitate to make an appointment...You won't be sorry..."- S.C. / Google / Mar 13, 2020
"I visited the Peoria location. The staff is amazing! Everyone is friendly, professional, and very personable. I was having a hard day, not to mention, struggling for some time with some skin issues, and one of my doctors really went the extra mile to cheer me on and show her beautiful loving spirit with a friendly hug and positive, motivating feedback. I was very comfortable engaging with the doctors and asking questions. Having over 10 & 15 years of experience, they were very informative and confident. I really love this place and I recommend it to anyone seeking any areas of dermatology, like skin diseases & conditions, including cosmetic treatments like Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments."- M.B. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"They were prompt, great front office and Becky Caudle, PA and the Doctor were fantastic!"- G.C. / Google / Jan 03, 2020
how is skin cancer diagnosed?
The first step to attaining a proper diagnosis is to meet with a licensed medical professional. At Arizona Skin Institute, Dr Meta will perform a full skin assessment to identify any areas of concern. In some cases, he may order blood work and perform a biopsy on a skin lesion to determine whether it's cancerous or benign. Educating yourself on the signs and symptoms to look out for is also essential for the early detection of skin cancer. You should become familiar with your skin and what is normal and abnormal for you. As a guideline, use the ABCDE guide for self-exams:
- Asymmetry: each half of a birthmark or mole should match, or be symmetrical
- Border: irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred edges should be checked by a doctor
- Color: different colors or shades within a spot may be cause for concern
- Diameter: spots over 6 mm across should be checked by a doctor
- Evolving: the spot changing in size, shape, or color over time could indicate skin cancer
Other warning signs of skin cancer include:
- Chronic itching, tenderness, or pain
- Pigment that spreads from a spot to surrounding normal skin
- Redness or swelling of the skin
- Skin wounds and sores that do not heal
Once we've completed a comprehensive skin exam and all your test results are back, we will schedule a follow-up exam so Dr Mehta can go over your results. From there, he can discuss the next steps. At Arizona Skin Institute, we offer a wide variety of treatment options. Your treatment will be selected depending on the type, location, and severity of your skin cancer. We understand that skin cancer can be scary, but it's often very treatable and our caring team is here to walk you through the treatment process from start to finish. We invite you to read our skin cancer treatment page to learn about the different therapies we offer.
schedule an exam
Don't live in fear any longer. If you suspect you have skin cancer, reach out to Arizona Skin Institute today. We have been serving Surprise, AZ and the Greater Phoenix area with state-of-the-art skin care for years. Our compassionate team of seasoned professionals is here to help guide you every step of the way.