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Skin Cancer Screening & Surgery


Skin cancer screening, surgery and treatment of skin cancer remain the primary focus in the office of Dr. Beverly Held.

There are basically three types of skin cancer:

Melanoma is a type of cancer that begins in the skin and is a cancer of the pigment-producing cells in the skin known as melanocytes. It is curable when detected early. This condition is much like a weed overgrowing a garden. The gravest concern with melanoma is that it is able to metastasize or travel into the bloodstream if not diagnosed and treated early. It is important to follow the standard ABCDE method in determining if any change in your skin could be malignant in nature:
Skin Cancer Screening & Surgery
  • Asymmetry
  • Border Irregularity
  • Color – Nonuniform Color
  • Diameter – Larger than 6mm
  • Evolution – Change of Size
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer worldwide. It is associated with aging and years of chronic sun exposure. It develops in the basal layer of the skin (deeper than the surface level). It seldom spreads to other parts of the body but can be disfiguring if not treated early. It has a tendency to infiltrate surrounding areas and destroy tissue if early treatment is not sought. Basal cell carcinoma does not usually metastasize or travel into the bloodstream. 

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second-most common type of skin cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma is a tumor that arises in the outer layer of the skin (the epithelium). More than 250,000 new SCC cases are diagnosed every year in the U.S. Middle-aged and elderly persons, especially those with fair complexions and frequent sun exposure, are most likely to be affected. If treated in a timely manner, it is uncommon for skin squamous cells to spread to other areas of the body. Squamous cell carcinomas often arise from smaller sandpaper-like growths called solar or actinic keratosis.

Contact Information

Beverly L. Held, M.D.
5756 S Staples St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Phone: 361-993-3190
Business Hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
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