Skin Cancer Specialist

Fiyin Sokoya, MD -  - Facial Plastic Surgeon

Fiyin Sokoya, MD

Double Board Certified Head and Neck Surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta, GA

About one in five people in the United States will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. As a fellowship-trained head and neck oncologic surgeon, Fiyin Sokoya, MD, understands the needs of men and women facing a skin cancer diagnosis. Dr. Sokoya offers comprehensive skin cancer care at his offices the Atlanta, GA area to treat your cancer and prevent it from spreading to other areas of your body. You can schedule a skin cancer evaluation online or book a consultation by calling the office of Fiyin Sokoya, MD, nearest you today.

Skin Cancer

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is a debilitating disease that can develop in the skin cells of your face, head, and neck.

Exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun or tanning beds is a common cause of skin cancer. The UV radiation leads to a photochemical reaction in thymine and cytosine DNA nucleotides.

There are several types of cancers that can develop in the skin covering your face and head, including:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Keratoacanthoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Sebaceous carcinoma
  • Merkel cell carcinoma (neuroendocrine tumor of the skin)

Cancerous changes in the skin tissue can lead to visible lesions or noticeable changes in existing moles. Dr Sokoya works with skilled dermatologists in the area to determine the best course of treatment for your skin cancer.

How is skin cancer diagnosed?

To diagnose the changes in your skin and determine if they relate to skin cancer, Dr. Sokoya performs a thorough history to identify your risk factors for skin cancer. This includes a physical exam of your skin and the abnormalities. In consultation with skilled dermatologists in the area, Dr Sokoya determines the best surgical plan for your skin disorder. 

Your dermatologist will check for the common characteristics of skin cancer in abnormal moles, including:

  • Color variegation
  • Asymmetry
  • Border irregularities
  • Diameter
  • Evolution

He also evaluates the location of the irregular moles or lesions. In addition to a physical exam, you might need diagnostic testing, including X-rays, CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scan, to evaluate your skin. In some cases, Dr. Sokoya will perform a biopsy to remove a sample of cells from your skin to test for cancer.

How is skin cancer treated?

A common treatment strategy for skin cancer is the excision of the cancerous cells or tumor. Dr. Sokoya might also need to remove nearby lymph nodes to prevent the spread of cancer to other areas of your body.

If the loss of tissue after the tumor removal requires reconstructive surgery, Dr. Sokoya offers a full array of reconstructive options including tissue transfer to restore the function and appearance of the treatment area.

In addition to surgery, you might also need chemotherapy or radiation to ensure all cancerous cells in the skin are destroyed. These therapies can also reduce the likelihood the cancer will come back.

If you notice changes in your skin or moles that need a diagnostic evaluation, call the office of Fiyin Sokoya, MD, today or book a consultation online.