Sponsored Advertising: MAY IS SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Dr. Steppie is the president & medical director of Associates in Dermatology and one of the few dedicated member of the prestigious Amonette Circle from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Skin cancer rates are skyrocketing, both in the U.S., where more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually, and around the world. It is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more new cases than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
 

What causes skin cancer?

Skin cancer is a malignant condition that begins with the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells.

 

 

 

 


What are the different types of Skin Cancer?

Melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers (It causes more than 75% of skin cancer deaths). One American dies of melanoma almost every hour. It is typically a dark mole that often contains various shades of brown or black, typically irregular in shape and with uneven borders.
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most frequently occurring skin cancer. Tough they are generally easily treated, BCCs tend to keep growing if untreated, and in rare cases can start to spread. The signs to look for are an open sore, a shiny bump, a reddish or irritated patch or a white, yellow or waxy scar-like area.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most frequently occurring skin cancer. An estimated 65% of them arise in lesions previously diagnosed as AKs. Most are easily treated, but if not removed, some can metastasize, spreading to nearly lymph nodes, which drain the area where the cancer is located: from the lymph nodes, the cancerous cells can spread to distant tissues and organs, becoming life threatening. It is often pink and scaly, a wart-like growth/open sore with irregular borders, that crusts and occasionally bleeds, persisting for weeks.
Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are pre-cancers that can turn into SCC if left untreated. They are often an early stage in the development of skin cancer.  It is an abnormal growth of keratinocytes (the skin cells that make up the top layer of the skin). They are small, crusty or scaly patch, often red, or a combination of colors. It sometimes itches, is inflamed and occasionally bleeds.

Early detection of skin cancer is key!

Cure rates are high, and recurrence rates are low for cancers that are CAUGHT AND TREATED EARLY. It is important to check for changes in size, shape and color of pigmented areas.

The Skin Cancer foundation highly recommends an annual full-body skin exam by a dermatologist.

To schedule a consultation, call 800.827.SKIN or visit us at www.DermOrlando.com
For driving directions, visit our Office Locations page and find the Associates in Dermatology office nearest you. To schedule an appointment visit Request Appointment page

 

*Facts provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation and American Academy of Dermatology.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided is intended solely for educational purposes. It is not to be used for medical diagnostic purposes and is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical condition.

 

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