Skin exams and patient education are especially important for early diagnosis of skin cancers. We offer full skin exams to identify suspicious lesions. The ABCDE’s of moles and melanoma, recommendation of sunscreens and sun avoidance and being educated on self skin exams are part of our routine skin cancer exams. It is always recommended to ask for a gown for your full skin exam and ask questions about the ABCDE’s, sunscreens and to have all areas that concern the individual patient examined.
Skin exams should be done at least annually for most people in Florida. If you have a history of skin cancer or extensive sun exposure, then every 3-6 month exams may be recommended.
Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma are common skin cancers found in sun exposed areas. These cancers are characterized by tender, non-healing or bleeding lesions and are best diagnosed with a skin biopsy. Treatment options depend on the location and size of the tumor and are most effective when diagnosed early.
Actinic Keratosis, known as a precancerous lesion, is a common skin condition characterized by scaly, red bumps on sun exposed areas. These lesions have a potential to develop into a skin cancer called a Squamous Cell Carcinoma. There are many effective treatment options we can discuss depending on the location and number of lesions.
Seborrheic Keratosis is a common benign skin lesion characterized by brown, warty, stuck-on growths. These lesions are not contagious, do not spread, and are common as people age. Although treatment is not necessary, there are treatment options for irritated lesions. Learn more about Seborrehic Keratosis treatment, ESKATA.
Dysplastic Moles (Nevi)
Dysplastic moles (nevi), known as atypical moles, are common moles found to be in-between a normal mole and melanoma when evaluated under the microscope by a pathologist. These moles have characteristics such as asymmetry, irregular borders and color variation. Individuals with dysplastic nevi have an increased risk of developing malignant melanoma.
Eczema is a common condition characterized by areas of red itchy skin. Common types of eczema include contact (caused by the skin coming in contact with a product causing an allergic reaction) and irritant (caused by the skin coming in contact with an irritating product). Treatments include identifying the potential causes, avoiding potential allergic and irritating products, and topical creams to help reduce the inflammation and symptoms.