FARMINGTON HILLS — Botsford Hospital has opened a new skin cancer treatment service within the Botsford Cancer Center in Farmington Hills.
The Botsford Mohs Surgery Center is used mostly to treat the most common forms of skin cancer, which are basal and squamous cell carcinomas. The Mohs procedure removes a minimal amount of normal tissue, especially important in cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face, says Brian Kopitzki, D.O., who will direct the new center.
Skin cancer is the most widespread form of all cancers in the U.S. and is on the rise. This year, about 2 million Americans will be diagnosed. Fortunately, skin cancer almost always can be cured when detected and treated early, says Kopitzki, a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon and board-certified dermatologist. “Seeking medical attention at the first suspicion of skin cancer is critical to successful treatment,” Kopitzki says.
Dr. Kopitzki says the most common warning sign is a change on your skin, typically a new growth, or a change in an existing growth or mole.
If you have tested positive for basal or squamous cell carcinoma, you may self-refer to the Botsford Mohs Surgery Center by calling 248-473-4828. Or, your doctor may refer you to the center. Find the center at 27900 Grand River Ave., Suite 230.