Skin Cancer

Skin cancer accounts for the most frequently occurring cancer in the United States. Those afflicted with cancer know of the fears and uncertainty that come with a diagnosis. Heartland Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, a superior treatment with proven curable results. Review below the various types of skin cancer, as well as the many treatment options available.

Let our highly trained medical staff care for you with early detection and professional treatment.

Actinic Keratosis (A Precancerous Lesion)

Actinic Keratosis is considered the earliest stage in the development of skin cancer. These common lesions of the outer layer of skin are caused by life-long sun exposure. The typical lesion is a persistent, red, scaly patch most commonly located on the sun-exposed face, ears, neck, arms and scalp. Similar change of the lips is known as Actinic Chelitis. About 25% of patients with Actinic Keratosis will eventually develop Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Treatment of Actinic Keratosis with liquid nitrogen cryotherapy is usually curative, but other treatment options are available and sometimes necessary.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common malignant tumor of the skin. Most Basal Cell Carcinomas present as a flesh colored or “pearly” growth on the sun-exposed skin. Common presentations include a spot that frequently bleeds, continues to grow, or does not heal. Occasionally, Basal Cell Carcinomas may appear on the trunk as red scaly patches. Although Basal Cell Carcinomas do not metastasize (spread throughout the body), they will continue to grow and may cause extensive local damage if not treated adequately. Treatment options include excision, curettage, radiation and Mohs micrographic surgery.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin malignancy. These tumors have a number of different clinical presentations, but are frequently quickly growing palpable lesions with thick keratosis on the sun-exposed face, neck, arms and hands. With Squamous Cell Carcinoma there is a chance of local and metastatic spread, making its diagnosis and treatment imperative. About 7 cases per 1000 may be fatal. Risk factors include a lifetime of sun exposure, immunosupression (usually from organ transplants), fair skin, and some genetic disorders. Again as with Basal Cell Carcinoma, treatment with excision, curettage, radiation and Mohs micrographic surgery can be discussed with your provider.

Malignant Melanoma

The incident of this deadly skin cancer has continued to dramatically rise over the last 40 years. In the US, it is currently estimated that approximately 1 out of 40 will develop melanoma over their lifetime. Most experts consider exposure to sunlight, particularly in childhood, and sunburns to be a significant risk factor. Based on exam of lesion asymmetry, border irregularities, color variations and diameter biopsy, additional treatment may be warranted. Early identification is crucial as malignant melanoma is nearly 100% curable by excision in its earliest stages. Unfortunately, with progression of this disease, melanoma may spread to local lymph nodes and then important internal organs. At that point, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy as well as new and emerging treatment options may be necessary.

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We are standing by to help you achieve your unique skin goals. Please contact us using our contact form, or give us a call at any one of our three locations in Salina, Hays & Great Bend.

Happening Now


At Heartland Dermatology Center our involvement in community and the state of Kansas is a top priority. We continue to strive to meet the needs of our patients, and with this in mind we are excited to announce the expansion of Heartland Dermatology Center with a clinic in Newton, KS.

We look forward to serving the Newton community and providing exceptional dermatological care. For more information and to access our new patient paper work, please visit our website To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 316-282-8100.

Heartland Dermatology Center
700 Medical Center Drive
St 101
Newton, KS 67114
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It is with great pleasure we introduce our newest provider, Amy Avant APRN-BC.

Amy joined the Heartland Dermatology team in November 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Kansas in 2009, and worked as a registered nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for six years. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Kansas in 2015. After graduation, Amy obtained her board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is currently a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has prior experience in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. Amy is very passionate about the field of dermatology and looks forward to providing comprehensive skincare to patients of all ages.
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Hays Office:
Part-time Front Desk/Administrative Assistant

This position performs receptionist duties by assisting patients with appointment scheduling, greeting patients, answering and directing phone calls, as well as providing administrative duties for the office. Successful candidates will have strong attention to detail, take initiative, and work as a team member.

Experience working in a medical office, and with Practice Management software is helpful but not necessary. Must have exceptional customer service skills, be dependable, and be able to perform in a fast paced environment. If you are interested in this opportunity, please e-mail a cover letter, resume and references to Andrew at, or call (785) 820-2747.
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4 Convenient Locations

785 827 2500
785 827 2515
828 Elmhurst
Salina, KS 67401

P 785 628 3231
785 628 3174
2707 Vine | STE 10
Hays, KS 67601

P 620 792 3666
620 792 3667
1017-C Jackson Square
Great Bend, KS 67530

P 316 282 8100
F 833 886 9695
700 Medical Center Dr.

STE 101, Newton, KS 67114

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Thank you for visiting Heartland Dermatology! Please contact us using our contact form, or give us a call at any one of our three locations in Salina, Hays & Great Bend.

Salina Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Great Bend Office Hours:  8:00AM to 5:00PM Monday through Thursday. Hays Office Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00AM through 12:00PM on Friday.

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