DermAccess Program

New Program Designed to Increase Accessibility of Skin Cancer Screenings

An article regarding this program was recently accepted for publication in The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology.

Our program, DermAccess, is designed to increase the accessibility of skin cancer screenings, allowing for suspicious lesions to be evaluated within 72 hours. Dr. Glenn Goldstein, medical director of the area’s most comprehensive dermatology practice, has been evaluating this new model of care in order to design the most effective and efficient manner to evaluate skin cancer. The program, modeled after a practice at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, allows patients who have suspicious growths on their skin to see a board-certified skin cancer specialist immediately.

“The significant shortage of dermatologists makes the wait for a new patient appointment several months in some regions. When we opened the practice, our vision was to offer comprehensive care and expanded treatment options, including better access to highly trained physicians,” said Goldstein.

“In addition, skin cancer has more than tripled among caucasians between 1980 and 2003. Therefore, we feel it’s our responsibility to give patients immediate access to care, offering them advanced treatment and peace of mind.”

DermAccess is designed to accept new patients within 72 hours of a referral to the center. Patients who have suspicious lesions are encouraged to contact the center and request an appointment with DermAccess to be evaluated for skin cancer. “Early detection is the key to successfully treating skin cancer,” said Dr. Goldstein. “It is vital for everyone to perform a monthly self-exam and look for abnormal growth or moles.”

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the AAD, over half of all new cancers are skin cancers, and more than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.

In addition to immediate screenings, we offer accessibility to high-tech treatment options including Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs surgery provides the most precise method for removal of all cancerous tissue while sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue. This typically results in an aesthetically pleasing result compared to other treatment options. Mohs surgery has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for certain types of skin cancer, with a cure rate of up to 99 percent for certain cancers. We have board-certified Mohs surgeons on staff and are a regional training center for this state-of-the-art procedure.

“While our treatment center offers immediate access to the most advanced treatment technologies available, prevention is truly the key to beating all cancers,” said Goldstein. “We recommend applying SPF 30+ sunscreen and wearing protective clothing year-round for you and your family.”

We also recommend looking for the ABCDE’s of skin cancer (shown below) and having an annual skin cancer screening from your board-certified dermatologist at U.S. Dermatology Partners Lawrence.

Signs of Skin Cancer