Simone McKitty, MD
Dermatologist located in Torrance, CA
As a board certified dermatologist, Dr. Simone McKitty has the training to handle all types of diseases of the skin, including offering skin cancer services and screening. Skin cancer affects one in every five Americans and is treatable if caught early. Dr. McKitty is able to offer the residents of Torrance, California screening that might save their lives should they develop skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Q & A
What should you know about skin cancer?
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. Skin cancer is one of the most diagnosed forms of cancer. If caught early enough, most types are 100 percent curable. There are three major types of cancer you should be aware of:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Malignant melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Part of skin cancer services includes an examination of your skin looking for abnormal growths or other potential cancer markers.
Does tanning and the sun cause skin cancer?
Tanning, or exposure to the UV rays of the sun, is the most likely cause of skin cancer. People with light skin are more prone to it, because they have less pigmentation to protect skin cells from that damage.
Are moles a sign of skin cancer?
Moles are normal. Everyone has a few of them. Most are round, smooth and evenly colored. It is the moles that look abnormal that might indicate cancer. These moles are not necessarily cancerous, but they have the potential to turn into cancer. Things to look for include:
- Irregular shapes
- Notched or fading borders
- A pebbly surface
- Mixed coloring that includes pink or red
- Large size – over one quarter of an inch
These are moles you want to point out to your doctor for evaluation, but any mole that changes suddenly is suspect. The doctor can use a device called a MelaFind to scan a lesion or mole to determine if there are cancerous cells and excise them if necessary.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept all PPO insurance plans and Medicare. If you have any questions regarding insurance plans, please call our office.
Words from our patients
"Dr. McKitty was very thorough and very personable."
"I had a wonderful experience with Dr. McKitty, her medical and front office staff. I found Dr. McKitty to be very thorough during my annual check-up for my skin. "
"Dr. McKitty and her staff were very personable and professional. They took the the time to listen to my concerns and answer my questions."
"I went to Dr McKitty's office and got Botox!!! For a while it seemed to never work for me and now that I'm in my 40s I have to make sure I age gracefully!!"