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Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. One in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Risk factors include pale skin, family history of melanoma, being over 40 years old, and regular sun exposure. Fortunately, skin cancer is almost always curable if detected and treated early. In 80 to 85 percent of all skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma affects cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis. In 10 percent of all skin cancers, squamous cell carcinoma affects cells in the middle layer of the epidermis.

Proper sun protection and early detection through regularly scheduled, annual skin cancer screenings are key elements to avoiding skin cancer. Our Florida climate in particular requires rigorous habits of applying sunscreen liberally and not just when visiting the beach or pool. Sun damage can happen even on the drive to work. Hats, SPF clothing and medical grade SPF products are recommended to our patients. 

We also urge our patients to remember to schedule and keep their annual skin cancer screening - prevention and early detection saves lives. Schedule a screening today!