The McCauley Skin Clinic in Duncan has bought a new treatment for certain types of skin cancer, which is the first of its kind in Oklahoma.

There are more than five million cases of basal and squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed each year in the U.S., according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The skin clinic decided to bring in a non-invasive, highly effective alternative skin cancer treatment called Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) to Oklahoma patients.

Daniel C. Harris, M.D., with the McCauley Skin Clinic, said the traditional Mohs surgery was most common, but it could leave scaring.

“Superficial Radiation Therapy is a non-invasive, highly effective way for treating squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma of the skin without significant side effects,” Harris said, “This nonsurgical method allows us to avoid scars in cosmetically sensitive areas such as the nose, lips, ears and face. There is also no pain and no downtime, allowing patients to continue with their regular daily activity.”

SRT uses highly focused, low-dose radiation that only goes skin-deep to stop cancer cells from spreading – without damaging healthy tissue and drastically limiting the chances for recurrence. There is also no bleeding, cutting or stitching.

Harris said they wanted to bring SRT to patients because of the patients themselves.

“Many patients have endured numerous skin cancer surgeries and are simply tired of ‘being cut on’ or they are not a good surgical candidate due to medical reasons or age,” he said. “SRT has a 95 percent success rate that is a safe alternative.”

Harris said skin cancer is one of the most common types. He shared some things people should look out for.

“Skin cancer can appear in many forms,” he said. “Sometimes it is a rapidly growing bump on the skin, a small wound that bleeds occasionally but never heals or a change in skin quality and texture in a small area.”

One of the easiest ways to prevent skin cancer is by wearing sunscreen if you will be in the sun.

Harris encouraged people to get checked and not be nervous.

“Having your skin checked is simple. You only need to show us your skin and point out any areas of concern,” he said. “Many lesions are benign or can be treated in the office with simple freezing. If there is a suspicion of skin cancer, a tiny biopsy is all that is needed.”

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