Dr. Daniel Marshall is a Board Certified Dermatologist skilled at identifying and treating skin cancer. Some types of skin cancer spread rapidly, so please contact Alpine Dermatology Clinic to schedule an appointment at our Rexburg or Idaho Falls, Idaho locations. We offer full-body skin examinations to screen for cancer and perform advanced surgery to remove all cancerous tissue.
You may have heard that it’s important to check your skin and keep an eye on moles so you can notice any changes that might indicate the early signs of skin cancer. But when was the last time you actually took the time to examine all the moles and spots on your body?
If you don’t do a regular skin exam, you’re not alone. It’s a good habit to get into, but only about half of all skin cancers are discovered during a self-exam. That’s why it’s so important to schedule an appointment with Alpine Dermatology Clinic for a thorough skin examination. Like most types of cancer, early detection is essential for optimal treatment.
The 2 most common types of skin cancer, basal cell, and squamous cell carcinoma, develop after years of unprotected exposure to sunlight. This list gives you a rundown of the types of skin cancer and their appearance:
Actinic keratosis: These dry, scaly patches also develop from too much sun exposure. They’re precancerous growths that can become squamous cell carcinoma.
Basal cell carcinoma: This is the most common type of skin cancer, which develops from years of sun exposure. It looks like a flesh-colored, pearl-sized bump or a pink patch of skin. Basal cell carcinoma commonly invades surrounding tissues, including nerves and bones, so early diagnosis is vital.
Squamous cell carcinoma: This cancer is the second most common type of skin cancer. It often develops from actinic keratosis in areas of skin often exposed to sunlight. It may appear as a red firm bump, a scaly patch, or a sore that heals then reappears. Squamous cell carcinoma grows deep into the skin, but early treatment can stop it from spreading.
Melanoma: This is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanoma usually develops from moles, but it may appear as a new dark spot. Watch for moles that develop irregular borders and color variations.
Dr. Marshall is trained in the most advanced and effective technique for removing skin cancer – Mohs surgery. This is a precise surgical technique that progressively removes thin layers of skin until all the cancer is gone. Using this method, Dr. Marshall can remove the skin cancer while sparing healthy skin.
Mohs surgery is performed in the office using a local anesthetic. After all the cancer is removed, the doctor can determine the extent of the wound and decide whether it will need stitches or is small enough to heal on its own. If necessary, he can cover the wound with a skin graft, but if cancer spreads deep into the skin you may need reconstructive surgery.
Alpine Dermatology will bill most insurance companies as a courtesy to the patient. Please contact your insurance carrier for coverage and benefit details. In most situations we are considered in-network with the following companies and network. Again, we cannot guarantee that we are considered in-network with your individual policy. Please contact your insurance carrier’s customer service department to confirm if we are in-network before your visit.
"I have had a great experience with Alpine Dermatology. I am very happy with how clear my face has been and continues to feel."
"Everyone is so timely and efficient while still giving you all the time you need to ask questions and have your needs taken care of."
"They always take such good care of you and are so nice! You are in good hands at Alpine!"
"I've met with Dr. Marshall for all my visits and he is extremely easy to talk to, confident and helpful. His diagnosis and treatments have been effective."
"The wait was short and the staff was friendly. Dr. Marshall was thorough and didn't rush through the care. I would highly recommend everyone to use Alpine Dermatology."
"I have been so impressed with the professional service that I have received from Alpine Dermatology. I actually enjoy going to the dermatologist now!"