Medical Services

Skin Cancer Screening/Treatments

The skin is the body's largest organ.  It protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection.  Skin also helps control body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D.  The skin has several layers, but the two main layers are the epidermis (upper or outer layer) and the dermis (lower or inner layer).  Skin cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the skin. 


Acne is the term for the pimples and complexion problems that trouble many young people.  Pimples occur mainly on the face, but often involve the neck, chest, back, and upper arms.  It is usually caused by the oil glands of the skin becoming plugged and breaking open.  At puberty, the oil glands in the skin start producing an oily material called sebum. Acne can be controlled with using an number of treatment options.

Treatement, however, depends on the severity of the acne.  Mild acne usually responds well to medicines applied to the skin (topical treatments) and moderate acne usually requires antibiotics taken orally (e.g., tetracycline, erythromycin, and minocycline are among the internal antibiotics used in treating acne).  Server acne is best treated with isotretinoin.


Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery, according to the American College of Mohs Surgery, is the most advanced and effective treatment procedure for skin cancer available today.  The procedure is performed by specially trained doctors.  Both Dr. McDonnell and Dr. Hurt are trained to perform Mohs Micrographic Surgeries and are members of the American Society for Mohs Surgery.  This procedure is performed in our Lakewood office and usually takes only a few hours to complete.  In some cases, however, the complete procedure may require the patient to be in the office all day. 


According the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin.  It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.  There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic.  The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale.