Your Prevention and Treatment Partner

It’s probable you or someone you love have experienced precancerous or cancerous skin growths. It can be confusing and frightening. Getting the best care at the right time is how Olympic Dermatology helps our patients experiencing skin cancer.

“Because of decades of unwise exposure to the sun, I now visit Olympic Dermatology at least annually to be examined for skin damage. I am always impressed by the professionalism, efficiency, expertise, and good cheer of everyone there.”

— Olympic Dermatology medical patient, January, 2020

Benign Skin Growths and Moles

The skin can develop a variety of begin, non-cancerous growths. They may not be harmful but should always be diagnosed and treated by an expert dermatology provider. Management of these growths depends on the appearance and behavior of the growth to identify potential patient risk and treatment.

Scar Revisions

Scars from acne, injury or previous trauma, can be surgically revised. Laser resurfacing and Intense Pulsed Light Fotofacial treatments may also be used to improve the texture and contour of scars. Soft tissue fillers can raise depressed scars along with areas of volume loss.

Precancerous Lesions

Actinic keratoses are common pre-cancerous lesions, which we diagnose and treat.  They are seen in areas of chronic sun exposure including scalp, face, ears, lips and the tops of the hands.  On the lips the condition is called actinic cheilitis.

Cancerous Growths

Basal and squamous cell cancers or malignant melanomas are treated in a variety of ways. Some need to be excised and Dr. Brazil is skilled in a variety of repairs to restore lost function and provide the best possible cosmetic outcome.  Non-surgical treatments like Aldara, an imiquimod cream, and the newest option for patient choice, convenience and efficacy.


This non-invasive form of radiation therapy is an excellent alternative to surgery for the treatment of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers, as well as other skin disorders. It’s good for patients with lesions in difficult to treat locations or who require blood thinning medication.

ABCDE’s of Melanoma

Consult your dermatologist immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit:

A = Asymmetry
One half is unlike the other half.

B = Border
An irregular scalloped or poorly defined border.

C = Color
Is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black, or is sometimes white, red, or blue.

D = Diameter
Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.

E = Evolving
A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable, even melanomas, with a cure rate of almost 100%. Proper treatment starts with diagnosis by a dermatology provider and appropriate treatment. Prevention is very important to minimize the risk of skin cancer or re-occurrence so:

  • Keep all dermatology appointments
  • Perform self-examinations
  • See a dermatology provider if you notice something changing, itching, or bleeding on your skin
  • Protect your skin every day by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and applying broad spectrum sunscreen
  • Don’t use tanning beds
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