Dr. Douglas Swinehart is a board certified dermatologist with experience treating basal cell carcinoma at his practice in Fresno, California. He offers complete skin cancer services, including diagnosis and treatment using leading-edge technology.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It’s also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. As its name suggests, it begins in basal cells, which are located below the surface of your skin. These cells constantly produce new skin cells, pushing older cells up toward the surface where they can be shed.
Basal cell carcinomas often develop on areas frequently exposed to sunlight, such as the face (especially the nose), head, neck and hands, but it can occur anywhere on the body. It may even develop on eyelids. When basal cell carcinoma is treated before it spreads, it’s very curable. If it grows to invade the surrounding area, it may reach into deep tissues and to cartilage or bone, causing significant damage and cosmetic disfigurement.
Basal cell carcinoma is slow growing and can take on a few different appearances, some of which may be hard to notice if you examine your own skin. This type of carcinoma can look like any combination of the following:
As with most skin cancers, examining your own skin for early signs of basal cell carcinoma can be a challenge. For starters, it’s time-consuming to carefully look at every last inch of skin and you’ll need someone else to check your back thoroughly. Dr. Swinehart can help with a complete examination. He will also assess your risk factors, recommend the best skin care and sun protection for your skin, and determine how frequently your skin should be examined for early signs of cancer.
If you have a suspicious spot, Dr. Swinehart will perform a skin biopsy. If basal cell carcinoma is found, he will need to treat the cancer to prevent its growth and recurrence. Treatment options include surgery, topical immunotherapy, and superficial radiotherapy. Other types of cancer, such as squamous cell carcinoma, also require similar diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Swinehart accepts most major insurance plans. Please contact our office directly with any questions regarding coverage prior to your office visit or if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please bring your insurance card with you to your appointment.
"Dr. Swinehart and his staff were awesome. Kind, professional, and excellent results. I don't know what else one would want. I definitely recommend them."
"Dr. Swinehart has been my dermatologist for over thirty years. He is extremely knowledgable, caring, helpful and one of the top surgeons around."
"Dr. Swinehart was kind and professional, and so was his staff. I found them all very personable."
"They make an extra effort to get to know their patients and find out what they need. They always remember me and make me feel very important."
"The doctor takes the time to explain what he is doing and acts very professional. I have never had to wait over ten minutes for my appointment."