SWFL Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center
Dermatologists & Mohs Surgery located in Naples, FL
Approximately 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The team at SWFL Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Naples, Florida, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. The board-certified physicians are here to diagnose and help guide you in the treatment of your skin cancer. If you have noticed a suspicious bump or mole on your body, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Skin Cancer Q & A
What are the different types of skin cancer?
The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed type of skin cancer in the United States. This type of skin cancer most commonly develops on skin that has received sun exposure.
It is typically found on the neck, head, back, and face. The appearance is like a pink or red sore and may crust over or bleed easily.
While it is the most diagnosed skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma grows slowly and rarely spreads to other areas. However, treatment is important, as it can grow deep into the skin and tissue.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma usually develops in areas that have had years of sun exposure. The face, ears, head, lips, backs of hands, and lower legs are the most common areas to see squamous cell carcinoma.
It appears as a rough lump or bump on the skin. It may be painful when rubbed and itch or burn.
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, and if left untreated, can spread to other areas of the body. Anyone can get melanoma, but your risk for this increases if you:
- Don’t use sun protection
- Have experienced five or more blistering sunburns
- Live in a sunny area
- Have light-colored skin, hair, and eyes
- Take certain medications
Your risk also increases if you have a family history of melanoma.
What are the symptoms of skin cancer?
Skin cancer is an abnormal skin growth. It may appear as a pink or red sore, but it may also have the following characteristics:
- Bleeds easily
- Oozes or crusts over
- Has a crater-like appearance
- Rough bump or lump
- A sore that doesn’t heal
- Itching or burning on a patch of skin
- A previously existing mole changes in appearance
A normal mole is symmetrically round, a uniform brownish color, and smaller than the eraser end of a pencil.
How is skin cancer diagnosed?
You may be able to diagnose skin cancer at home with a self-exam. When diagnosed early, skin cancer is treatable. To help you identify skin cancer, follow the ABCDEs of melanoma:
If you notice any suspicious areas on your body, make an appointment at SWFL Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center immediately.
Your dermatologist will thoroughly examine your skin. If your dermatologist determines there is a need for a more extensive examination, they may biopsy the area, which involves removing a small portion of your skin and examining it under a microscope.
What are some treatments for skin cancer?
In most cases, skin cancer is treated by removing the suspicious area. Other treatment options available for skin cancer include cryotherapy, laser treatment, and Mohs surgery.
If skin cancer is a concern for you, schedule your consultation online or by phone today.