Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer services offered in Pasadena, CA

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans will develop skin cancer by the time they reach 70, making it the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States. Dr. Soleymani is a nationally recognized and highly-regarded double-board certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon who performs the most effective diagnostic exams and skin cancer treatments at California Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Specialists in Pasadena, California. Call the dermatology center today or schedule an appointment online to meet with a patient-centered skin cancer specialist.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer occurs when damage to the skin cells causes them to multiply rapidly, forming malignant (cancerous) tumors. The most common type of cancer in the United States, skin cancer typically begins in the epidermis (the skin’s outermost layer). While it is highly treatable in early stages, skin cancer can progress and become very destructive. It can also metastasize (spread) to other areas throughout the body. Early intervention is critical in optimizing outcomes. 

How does skin cancer develop?

Many factors can increase your risk of developing skin cancer, including:

  • Having fair skin
  • Having blonde or red hair and light-colored eyes (blue, green, gray, etc.)
  • Genetics/family history
  • Ultraviolet (UV) rays from sun exposure or tanning beds

Are there different types of skin cancer?

While there are multiple types, the most common are:

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. Although it has the lowest risk for spread, it is locally destructive and can cause significant damage if left alone. It often presents as a “pimple” that won’t go away or easily bleeds on its own.

Squamous cell carcinoma

The second most common type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), is more aggressive than BCC. Fortunately, when caught early, the disease is rarely fatal. However, if left alone or neglected, it can spread throughout the body and be fatal in advanced stages. 


Melanoma is aggressive and can be fatal without proper care. The cancer typically appears as an abnormal-looking mole. Melanoma can spread to any part of the body, including the bloodstream and lymphatic system. 

How is skin cancer diagnosed?

A head-to-toe skin cancer exam is the most effective tool to diagnose the disease. After completing your comprehensive screening, Dr. Soleymani may take biopsies of any abnormal growths and send them to a laboratory for testing. 

What are the treatments for skin cancer?

Dr. Soleymani is a double board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon and current assistant clinical professor at UCLA. His expertise can help guide you on the best treatment options for your care. 


Mohs surgery is the gold standard in the treatment of skin cancer as it provides the highest possible cure rates, routinely exceeding > 99%. Other common skin cancer treatments include:

  • Excision surgery
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy

If you have skin cancer requiring multidisciplinary treatment, Dr. Soleymani can refer you to the appropriate specialist.

Call California Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Specialists today or schedule an appointment online to learn more