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Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Sterling - Image for Skin CancerThe skin is exposed to potentially harmful elements on a daily basis. This increases risks for premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and serious conditions such as skin cancer. While treatments for all of these conditions are available, it is preferable to learn how to protect your skin, especially from skin cancer. Current statistics suggest that skin cancer affects one in five people. Research demonstrates that young women are the most at risk.

Basal and squamous cell skin cancers, as well as melanoma, are linked to UV exposure. While natural sunlight is a major cause, tanning beds have been identified as a significant source of UV radiation that can lead to skin cancer. Experts have stated that a person’s skin cancer risk goes up more than 50 percent after just one session under an indoor tanning lamp. UV light is a risk for cancer because it causes mutation in cellular DNA.

We educate our patients about skin cancer so they can prevent this condition. With healthy habits such as limiting UV exposure, the risk for skin cancer decreases significantly. The dermatologists in our practice have years of education and training that make them a wonderful resource for information about skin cancer prevention.

In addition to educating our patients about skin cancer, we perform thorough skin cancer screenings. Examination of the skin is recommended on a yearly basis, with monthly self-exams performed at home. A skin cancer screening with your dermatologist can enable you to become familiar with the natural growths on your skin so you quickly notice anything out of the ordinary. We may also suggest treatments such as chemical peels to promote the growth of healthy new skin cells.

We understand that skin cancer can seem frightening. However, it is important you know that treatment is most often successful at removing abnormal growths and preserving your health. Contact our Sterling / South Riding office at (866) 808-3320 to schedule your screening.

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Rating: 5Skin Cancer Sterling - Five star reviews
Dr. Neeraja C. Mattay Reviewed by Joyce D.

I am so appreciative to Dr. Mattay for her wonderful patient manner in carefully explaining diagnoses, procedures, and treatments with thoroughness, resources, and immediate follow up after procedures over the years. I recently had a “coolsculpturing” procedure administered by Lauren Kellmel, Esthetician, to remove stubborn fat from my mid-section. The procedure was painless, involved no surgery or invasive procedures, and no down time. I wanted to ensure the procedure targeted the fat cells underneath the skin while leaving the skin itself unaffected, so I was extremely impressed by the free consultant session in which Lauren shared all aspects of the procedure and was very patient to respond to my questions. I felt totally prepared for the procedure and have been extremely happy with results.

I highly recommend Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia for the very best in patient centeredness, knowledgeable and current techniques, and in their skin, face and eye products. Thank you.