Skin Cancer Specialist
There are more cases of skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. At Elias Dermatology®, each physician screens for and treats skin cancer with the most advanced and efficient procedures. Patients in the areas of Ft. Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines, Florida can benefit from Doctors Matthew and Merrick Elias’ expertise in skin care for early detection, treatment, and prevention of skin cancer. With years of experience, our doctors are dedicated to providing thorough screenings and state-of-the-art skin cancer treatments that are as minimally invasive as possible.
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What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells on the skin which causes malignant tumors to develop. Skin cancer comes in various forms, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and malignant melanoma, which is the most serious form of skin cancer. Often, early symptoms will appear as a mole, a pimple-like mark, or another skin blemish that the patient might dismiss as nothing. If left unchecked, the skin cancer spreads and can damage large areas of skin and can even metastasize to other organs, resulting in the need for more aggressive treatments.
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S than all other cancers combined. Both nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancer is associated with exposure to UV rays, which is why researchers and doctors are so adamant about protecting the skin from the sun.
What to Expect During a Screening
Regular skin cancer screenings maximize your chances of early detection and a high cure rate. If diagnosed and treated early, skin cancer is the easiest of all cancers to cure. A full-body visual screening will be done to find any oddities that may be cancerous. If any skin blemishes or moles are discovered and are cause for concern, the doctor will discuss the findings and then go over the next steps in the procedure.
After a skin cancer screening is performed, a suspicious spot may require a biopsy—a small sample of the affected area— to be removed for further testing. The doctor will use local anesthesia to remove the affected area with a scalpel and then stitch the incision closed. The biopsy will then be sent for testing of malignant cells. Depending on the results, your doctor will determine the necessary steps.
It’s crucial to perform these screenings at home as well. You are very likely to notice something out-of-place on your skin. If you spot something suspicious, contact a Board-certified Dermatologist at Elias Dermatology® for further investigation
Who is inclined to get skin cancer?
There are many different skin types, each with its own unique makeup. There are certain types of skin that are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer. In order to know if you’re inclined to get skin cancer, you must know the type of skin you have. There are six skin phototypes, ranging from light to dark and sensitive to non-sensitive.
- Type one: Those who always burn easily and never tan in the sun are inclined to receive skin damage. This skin type is easily susceptible to basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. If this is the case with your skin, avoid direct sun exposure and always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
- Type two: If you burn often and rarely acquire a tan when out in the sun, you are also at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
- Type three: Lighter skin, like types one and two, are all susceptible to skin cancer. Because there is less pigment in those with lighter skin, there is less protection from the sun. This results in a heightened chance of getting skin cancer.
- Type four: Medium-toned people tan easily and rarely ever burn. That doesn’t mean you can’t get skin cancer, it just means you are less likely. However, sunscreen is still crucial to preventing skin damage.
- Type five: The more pigment the skin has, the less likely the person is to burn or develop skin damage. Acral lentiginous melanoma is more common in darker-skinned people. It usually appears on areas of the body that are not exposed to the sun on a regular basis, like the soles of the feet, palms of the hands, and mucous membranes.
- Type six: Again, the darker the skin’s pigment, the less likely you are to develop skin cancer. However, wearing sunscreen and avoiding midday sun is still necessary for your skin’s health. Just because you are not inclined to develop skin cancer, does not mean you definitely won’t.
Treatment for Skin Cancer
Elias Dermatology® offers a full array of skin cancer treatments that are used to create an individualized plan of treatment for each patient. Treatments include surgical and non-surgical options which are as minimally invasive and pain-free as possible.
Some of the options include:
- Mohs surgery – an advanced technique that precisely identifies and removes the entire tumor layer by layer, while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed.
- SRT-100 – Elias Dermatology® is the first dermatology practice in Fort Lauderdale to treat skin cancer with SRT-100, an FDA approved low-energy radiotherapy that goes no deeper than the thickness of the skin.
- Photodynamic Therapy – Levulan® Kerastick® plus blue light illumination using the BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator is for the treatment of minimally to moderately thick actinic keratosis of the face or scalp.
- Topical Medications – effectively used for Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Oral medication – prescribed for Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma
If you or a loved one is suspicious of any spots on the body or is already battling skin cancer in Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, or Davie, contact Elias Dermatology® for more information on the best treatment options. Schedule a consultation today. 954-771-0582