Published in the World Journal
Even though we are deep within the winter doldrums, Southern Colorado is gifted with a bounty of sunny, warm weather. This, while wonderful, can lead to skin cancer issues. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. However, with early detection, such as with an annual skin exam, skin cancers like melanoma - the most serious form of skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association - can have up to a 99% five-year survival rate.
Making examination and treatment easier for Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico has been a goal for the Skin Cancer and Dermatology Center of Colorado Springs. This year, the Center hopes that it can cut travel time for care by opening a facility in Trinidad. The Skin Cancer and Dermatology Center of Colorado Springs provides care for patients with skin diseases, cancer, and other skincare issues. The Skin Care and Dermatology Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
With two physicians on staff, Brett Matheson and Christopher Sartori, the Skin Care and Dermatology Center can offer patients a wide variety of dermatology solutions. Dr. Sartori specializes in providing general dermatological care, such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes, acne treatment, wart removal, cyst removal, and other skin diseases. Dr. Matheson, a Navy Veteran, specializes in conducting micrographic surgery to treat skin cancer. Micrographic surgery is a type of surgery where small layers of a patient’s skin are removed and individually tested for skin cancer. Using micrographic surgery prevents patients from dealing with more extensive scarring, as seen with traditional skin cancer surgery.
The Skin Cancer and Dermatology Center also provides cosmetic treatments. Currently, the Center’s Physician’s Assistant, Tara Burton, offers cosmetic treatments such as hair restoration treatments, micro-needling, collagen induction therapy, Botox, and chemical peels. Practice manager, Teresa Dyer, explained that the Center’s “mission is to enhance your natural beauty, not overtake it.” Therefore, she said, cosmetic treatments are designed to be part of patients’ journeys to their most authentic appearance.
By moving to Trinidad, the Center eliminates the need for long trips for patients in Southern Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico. The Skin Cancer and Dermatology Center of Colorado Springs is opening its Trinidad facility on January 29, 2021. The hours of the Trinidad facility will be based on patient need. Interested patients should reach out to the Center at 1-800-290-2478 or www.skincancerandderm.com.