You may enjoy the warmth of the Florida sun on your skin, but all that sunshine increases your risk of skin cancer. At Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches, with offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Palm City, West Palm Beach, Atlantis, Wellington, Delray Beach, and Trinity, Florida, the experienced board-certified dermatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. To schedule a skin cancer screening, contact the office nearest you by phone or book an appointment online today.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. There are many types of skin cancer. However, some are more common than others:
Basal cell carcinoma typically develops on sun-exposed areas of your skin, such as your face and neck. These types of skin cancer lesions may look like a waxy bump or nonhealing scab.
Squamous cell carcinoma also tends to develop in sun-exposed areas of the body. This type of cancer is more common in dark-skinned individuals, and lesions may appear firm and red or flat and crusty.
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer because it spreads rapidly. Unlike basal and squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma can develop anywhere on your body, including areas not exposed to the sun.
Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches suggests when you should start skin cancer screening based on your skin type and personal medical and family history. However, the dermatology practice recommends everyone 50 and older have a skin cancer screening every year.
Skin cancer screening at Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches is a comprehensive head-to-toe evaluation of your skin, as well as a review of skin cancer risk factors.
During the screening, your provider reviews your sun-exposure history, and then closely examines your skin, starting with your scalp and progressing through your entire body.
If they find an abnormal lesion or mole, they perform a biopsy.
Removal of the skin cancer lesion is the primary treatment. Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches offers many skin cancer treatment options, including:
Mohs surgery is an innovative surgical treatment option for skin cancer aimed at preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. The team at Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches includes fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons.
During excisional surgery, your surgeon removes the entire lesion, along with a surrounding border of normal tissue.
During electrodesiccation and curettage, your surgeon uses a circular scalpel to scrape off the legion and then uses an electric needle to destroy any residual cancerous tissue and stop the bleeding.
Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches uses cryosurgery to destroy precancerous and cancerous tissue by freezing it with liquid nitrogen.
If needed, Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches also performs reconstructive surgery following the removal of your skin cancer to restore function and appearance.
For expert skin cancer care, call Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches, or use the online booking tool to schedule an evaluation today.