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Kristin B. Smucker, PA-C
Alisha Varner, PA-C
Gavin Blake Vincent, PA-C
Dominick Woofter, MD
Isha Woofter, MD
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We have a wide range of services designed to address your specific skincare needs.
Conditions Acne
Actinic Keratosis
Angiomas and Hemangiomas
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Contact Dermatitis
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
Hair Loss & Alopecia
Skin Cancer
Skin Infections
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Treatments & Procedures Biologics & Topical Medications
Excisions & Biopsies
Mohs Surgery
Mole Removal
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Pediatric Dermatology
Skin Cancer Check
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Our cosmetic services are tailored to remedy your skincare needs.
Conditions Acne
Brown Spots and Discoloration
Crows Feet
Dark Eye Circles
Double Chin
Enlarged Pores
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Treatments & Procedures Botox® & Dysport®
Chemical Peels
CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Facial Fillers
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Basal Cell Carcinoma

The most common form of skin cancer, typically appearing on areas exposed to the sun and other forms of UV light.

What is it?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most prevalent type of skin cancer, often resulting from extended exposure to the sun or tanning beds. It forms in the basal cells, located at the bottom layer of the skin. Typically, BCC manifests as a slow-developing, painless growth on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders or back. While generally non-aggressive and slow-progressing, BCC can lead to significant local damage and disfigurement if not addressed. As it seldom spreads to other body parts, its adverse effects mainly concern quality of life rather than lifespan.

How is it treated?

Dermatologists hold a crucial role in the detection, treatment and management of basal cell carcinoma. Early discovery through routine skin exams improves our ability to treat your BCC with less cosmetic damage to the surrounding skin. Mountain State's board-certified providers start the diagnostic process with a thorough clinical exam and dermoscopy. If appropriate, we'll perform a skin biopsy, taking a small sample of the affected area for further inspection under a microscope.

Your treatment plan depends on various factors such as the size, location and subtype of BCC you have. Our staff can use surgical procedures, like Mohs surgery, topical treatments, radiation, or even oral medications to eliminate the cancer cells. Treatments tend to be highly effective and, with early detection, can have lower impact on surrounding healthy tissue.

Regardless of your diagnosis, our board-certified dermatologists will provide guidance on preventative measures for BCC, including adequate sun protection and regular skin self-checks. With offices in Bridgeport, Clarksburg, Elkins, Hurricane, Morgantown, Parkersburg, South Charleston and Wheeling, West Virginia; in Waynesburg and Uniontown, Pennsylvania and in Marietta, Ohio, we make it convenient for our patients to receive prompt diagnosis, effective treatment and continued prevention.

We would love to get started on a solution that perfectly fits your needs.