Skin cancer is a tumor or growth of abnormal cells in our skin, and is the most common form of cancer people get in the United States. There are several types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Both basal and squamous cell carcinomas are cancers that occur in the surface layer of the skin and can be easily cured when detected and treated early. Malignant melanoma however is the most serious type of skin cancer, and is more likely to spread.
If not treated, skin cancer can be deadly. But if treated early, skin cancer often can be cured. It is important to know not only ways to protect yourself from developing skin cancers, but also how to determine when it’s time to see a doctor and what can be done once you’ve been diagnosed. Join Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brian Gastman and Dermatologist Dr. Philip Bailin online for answers to your questions about skin cancer and melanoma prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
About the Speakers
Dr. Gastman is a board certified Plastic Surgeon and Otolaryngologist in the Department of Plastic Surgery in Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute. A medical school graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and his fellowship at Washington University St. Louis Medical Center. Dr. Gastman’s specialty interests include comprehensive care of soft tissue malignancies such as melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, sarcomas and head and neck cancers. Dr. Gastman also helped to institute the Melanoma Clinic located in the Taussig Cancer Institute, which helps to diagnose and treat patients with complex melanoma concerns.
Dr. Philip Bailin is a dermatologist in the Department of Dermatology in Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute. A medical school graduate of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in RootsownNorthwestern University Medical School in Chicago, shehe completed hiser residency in dermatology at Cleveland Clinic. Additionally, he completed aand fellowship in Mohs dermatopathologysurgery at Cleveland Clinicthe Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington D.C., as well as a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Lucas’ Bailin’s specialty interests include laser surgery, cosmetic surgery, cosmetic injectable fillers and facial treatments, Mohs micrographic surgery, and cutaneous oncology. He has been listed in “Best Doctors in America” numerous times, and leads the use of the melanoma scanner, a handheld device that scans the skin for skin cancer. dermatologic surgery, Mohs surgery, cutaneous oncology, cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery.
Cleveland Clinic is a national leader in caring for patients with all types of dermatologic conditions, from the routine to the complex. Our patients benefit from access to a multidisciplinary staff where close collaboration and teamwork between dermatologists, dermatology surgeons, and plastic and reconstructive surgeons allows us to offer comprehensive, coordinated and patient-focused care. Patients can also benefit from the most advanced technology and centers for diagnosing and treating dermatologic conditions, such as Mohs surgery, photodynamic laser therapy and our Melanoma Clinic.
To make an appointment with Dr. Gastman or Dr. Bailin, please call 216.444.5725 or call toll-free at 800.223.2273, ext. 45725. You can also visit us online at www.clevelandclinic.org/DPSI.