Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — every hour. The American Academy of Dermatology encourages everyone to make sure their skin is “Looking Good in 2016” by protecting it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays and checking it for signs of skin cancer.
Skin cancer affects millions of men and women each year, but if it is identified and treated early, the chances for full recovery are substantially increased. At Dermatology Consultants of South Florida, our experienced dermatological team has advanced training in skin cancer removal, including the specialized MOHS technique.
Serving Coral Springs and surrounding areas in Florida, Dermatology Consultants of South Florida is led by our experienced dermatological team and specializes in a wide range of dermatological conditions, such as skin cancer removal. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out information about skin cancer identification and treatment.
What is Skin Cancer?
Although some individuals may be at higher risk for developing cancer, this disease can affect men and women of any age. This condition falls into three different categories:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma: This is the most common type of skin cancer and represents roughly 80 percent of new skin cancers. Typically caused by repeated sun exposure, basal cell carcinoma have a high recovery rate but may also be at risk for developing another cancer within five years.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Most commonly found in individuals with fair complexions, this type of skin cancer also carries a high recovery rate when identified and treated early enough. It can appear as a red bump or an ulcer that will not heal.
- Malignant Melanoma: This is the most serious form of skin cancer and can have serious consequences if not identified and treated in its early stages. This kind of cancer typically stems from a mole that changes drastically over time.
What are the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer?
Having moles and other spots or growths on the skin are common, and while many of these never develop into cancer or require medical intervention, it is a good idea to not only make a note of any changes in the growths on your skin but to also schedule a skin exam at least once a year. Our experienced medical team can identify any areas that have changed in color, shape, or texture over time, significantly increasing the odds of early identification and successful treatment.
Should any cancerous or precancerous growths appear on the skin, our medical team will discuss your treatment options with you and create a plan to create the best results.
At Dermatology Consultants of South Florida, our medical team includes physicians who are certified in the MOHS technique, an advanced form of skin cancer removal that involves removing the skin in thin layers while leaving as much healthy skin intact as possible. With a 98 percent cure rate, this is one of the most successful removal procedures to date.
Contact Dermatology Consultants of South Florida today to schedule a consultation and find out more information about the identification and treatment of skin cancer.