Skin Cancer Specialist

David B. Shanker, MD -  - Dermatologist

David B. Shanker, MD

Dermatologist located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Skin cancer is more common than all other types of cancer combined. It’s very important to have regular skin cancer screenings with an experienced medical dermatologist like David B. Shanker, MD, with an office in the Chicago Loop. Dr. Shanker can identify skin cancer even in its early stages. If you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, Dr. Shanker expertly removes cancerous skin growths on-site. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Skin Cancer Q & A

How often should I have a skin cancer screening?

Skin cancer screening frequency depends on your health and history. In general, most healthy adults should have a skin cancer screening with a board-certified medical dermatologist like Dr. Shanker once a year.

If you have a history of skin cancer, a family history of skin cancer, or if you have new growths that need examination, you may need more frequent skin cancer screenings. Dr. Shanker will create a skin cancer screening plan that protects your skin and your health in the best way.

What are the warning signs of skin cancer?

Regularly scheduled skin cancer screenings with Dr. Shanker are very important in identifying the warning signs of skin cancer. You should also check your skin monthly at home. The warning signs of skin cancer are as follows.


The signs of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, include:

  • Asymmetry: skin growths where the two sides don’t match
  • Borders: growths with uneven, jagged, or otherwise irregular borders
  • Color: irregular color, where the growth has different colors in different areas
  • Size: growths that are bigger than a quarter-of-an-inch in diameter (pencil eraser size)
  • Changes: growths that are changing in appearance

If you notice any of these changes, see Dr. Shanker right away. Melanoma, though dangerous, is also highly treatable. In fact, the survival rate is 99% if you’re diagnosed early.

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma may cause wounds that continually rupture and heal, scar-like skin growths, highly inflamed skin patches, shiny skin bumps, or pink growths.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma may cause rough red skin patches, crusty or bleeding wounds, bumps with indentions in the middle, sores that don’t heal or recur, or wart-like bumps.

Although basal and squamous cell carcinoma aren’t as invasive and dangerous as melanoma, both require prompt treatment. With a quick response to these type of skin growths, the chance of full recovery is excellent.

How is skin cancer treated?

Skin cancer treatment is very dependent on your specific kind of cancer and other factors unique to you. Treatments may include:

  • Incremental removal of a cancerous growth
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation
  • Complete excision
  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser surgery

You may also need medication or radiation therapy to recover fully from skin cancer. If you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, you can trust Dr. Shanker for the most effective treatments available today.

Book with David B. Shanker, MD, online or by phone now.