skin cancer

While it’s always important to have an annual skin cancer screening, in between your appointments with Spring dermatologist Dr. Perri, skin cancers may show telltale signs that something isn’t right. Here is a list of signs and symptoms that you may have skin cancer. If you are showing any or all of these warning signs, […]

Do you know the top 10 risk factors of skin cancer? Like many Spring residents who visit Dr. Perri for an annual skin cancer screening, you may be shocked to learn that you have several risk factors and don’t even know it. To better educate you on this disease, here is a list of the […]

A skin cancer screening can save your life – literally. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every single day. Early detection of the 3 most common types of skin cancer by Spring dermatologist Dr. Perri of Perri Dermatology is key to diagnosing skin cancer before it […]

You’ve noticed that a mole on your arm has changed quite a bit over the past year since your last skin cancer screening, and you’re beginning to get nervous. How can you tell if it’s skin cancer? And how will a Spring dermatologist go about making a diagnosis? The ABCDEs of Skin Cancer What makes […]

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. Skin cancer is the result of mutations in the DNA of skin cells; the mutations cause a person’s skin cells to multiply rapidly and form cancer cells. What causes these mutations to occur? Some skin cancers may be the result of […]

Dr. Perri’s interest in dermatology began when an early diagnosis of Melanoma saved his father’s life. Since then, Dr. Perri has helped thousands of Houston area patients perform skin cancer screenings, and treat skin cancers including Melanoma, Basal Cell, and Squamous Cell. Whether you have risk factors for skin cancer such as a family history […]

With millions of new skin cancer cases diagnosed every year and continual sun exposure being its most common cause, it’s understandable for concerns to arise among residents of Conroe and The Woodlands. Skin checks by a Board Certified dermatologist like Dr. Perri are the best way to make sure you have no reason for concern […]

In the US, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type, with over 2 million new cases expected yearly. With so many lives being affected by this disease all the time, it’s no wonder it’s on the minds of people all over the nation. It’s commonly known that early diagnosis is the key to successful […]

Skin cancer is a condition that affects millions of new lives every year. Being the most prevalent form of cancer in the US, you would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t at least know another who has battled against this disease. Dr. Perri is never surprised when residents of Conroe and The Woodlands […]

If you find yourself with a questionable mole, lump, or other growth on your skin, it may be necessary to perform a skin cancer biopsy. The Woodlands and Conroe patients often want to know more about the procedure, such as how to prepare, and what it involves, so they can help put their minds at […]

Most people out there have probably heard of melanoma. Despite its ownership of a relatively small percentage of total skin cancer occurrences, it accounts for over 75% of all skin cancer related deaths, making it by far the most deadly. But melanoma is only one of several types of skin cancer that, combined, account for […]

With over 2 million new cases of skin cancer being diagnosed every year, it’s no surprise that getting checked is on a lot of people’s minds. Especially here in Texas, where being in the sun is just part everyday life, more and more people are thinking about having a skin cancer screening. The Woodlands and […]

Aldara (imiquimod) is a cream that is very effective in the treatment of sun damage and actinic keratoses.  I have always been fascinated by the mechanism of Aldara.  Unlike Efudex, which is essentially a caustic topical agent that is rather non selective, Aldara is like a “smart bomb” which utilizes the bodies immune system to fight […]

Actinic keratoses (AKs) present in myriad clinical appearances.  Typically, they are scaly red papules that have a gritty, sandpaper-like feel.  Hyperkeratotic AKs are extremely thick clinically and resemble a squamous cell cancer, except histologically they do not fulfill the criteria for cancer.  Hyperplastic AKs are also have a very thick appearance.   Histologically, the keratinocytes are becoming […]

Incisional biopsies are used in both the diagnosis of rashes and skin cancer.  These biopsies remove a large ellipse of full thickness skin and are usually repaired with a layer of dermal/subcuticular sutures followed by epidermal interrupted sutures.  This is a rarely used type of biopsy for rashes but it is the preferred type of biopsy for a […]

Shave biopsies are the most useful and versatile type of biopsies utilized by a dermatologist.  I prefer a sterile double edge razor blade which can be flexed to remove flat lesions in their entirety or kept level to remove the upper portion of a lesion.  Some dermatologists use a 15 blade which I find very […]

Patients peforming their own skin exams is very important in aiding the early detection of skin cancer.  I am frequently asked by patients what to look for when they examine their skin.  As there are many different types of skin cancer, which can have vastly different clinical appearances, it is very difficult to give a […]

Skin cancer can take many forms and can occur anywhere on the skin and can even occur underneath the nails, so I always recommend a complete skin exam at a patient’s first visit and then at least annually by myself or another board certified dermatologist.  I begin each exam by inquiring about any new or […]