Skin Cancer Specialist

Samuel J. Pruden, MD, FACS, FAAD -  - Dermatology


Samuel J. Pruden, MD, FACS, FAAD

Dermatology located in Lexington, KY

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year than all other cancers combined. The good news is that all types of skin cancer are curable with early diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Samuel Pruden at SkinMD is a highly experienced, board-certified dermatologist whose patients are treated on site, where they walk out of the office cancer-free thanks to his surgical expertise. Whether you need a full-body skin exam or you’re concerned about changes in a mole, don’t wait to call the office in Lexington, Kentucky. You can also schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Skin Cancer Q & A

Who is at risk for skin cancer?

Skin cancer can affect everyone and occur anywhere on your body. Exposure to sunlight, whether natural or from artificial sources like tanning beds, is the primary cause of skin cancer.

Your cumulative exposure to ultraviolet light over your lifetime also influences your chances of developing skin cancer. You may be at a higher risk if you have:

  • Fair skin that burns or freckles easily
  • Light-colored hair and blue eyes
  • Numerous moles
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Personal history of blistering sunburns

What are the different types of skin cancer?

The three types of skin cancer have distinct appearances and growth patterns:

Basal cell carcinoma

As the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma may look like a flesh-colored and pearl-sized bump, a pink or red patch of skin, or an open sore. It seldom spreads through your body, but often invades deep into the surrounding tissues.

Squamous cell carcinoma

The second most common type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma often develops from actinic keratoses, which are scaly bumps that may be red, tan or pink.

When cancer develops, it may look like a red or wart-like bump, or a rough, scaly patch of skin that can bleed. Squamous cell carcinoma may spread into your skin and body.


The deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma typically develops from moles, but it may begin as a new spot on your skin. Most melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be pink, red, purple, blue, white, or skin colored.

Melanoma is curable when diagnosed early. Once it spreads, however, it’s hard to treat and is often fatal.

How is skin cancer treated?

Dr. Pruden removes skin cancer with a same-day procedure in the comfort of his office. He has extensive training and experience in several treatments that effectively eliminate skin cancer, leave minimal scarring, and result in a high cure rate.

As an expert in Mohs micrographic surgery, Dr. Pruden removes all your cancer while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible.

During Mohs surgery, he carefully removes your cancer, one thin layer at a time. He makes sure to examine each layer under a microscope to confirm whether all cancer cells are gone or if another layer must be removed. Tissue removal is precise and healthy tissue is preserved with this stepwise procedure.

Protect yourself from skin cancer by scheduling a full-body cancer check. Call SkinMD or book an appointment online.