Skin Cancer Screening Q&A

Skin Cancer Screening

Skin Cancer Screening services offered in Palm Bay, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, Titusville and Rockledge, FL

If you have suspicious-looking lesions, it’s vital to undergo skin cancer screening. At Florida Dermatology Associates, Ruben Moreno, MD, and his exceptional team offer skin cancer screening and surgical treatment of skin cancer to eliminate it from your body. Call one of the offices in Palm Bay, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, or Titusville, Florida, or use the online scheduler today.

What is skin cancer screening?

Skin cancer is a condition in which abnormal clumps of cells develop in certain areas of your body. When left untreated, the cancer may eventually spread to nearby organs and turn life-threatening. Routine skin cancer screening and early detection are the best ways to help you fight the disease.

What are the common symptoms of skin cancer?

The common symptoms of skin cancer include:

  • New or unusual moles
  • Moles that change in color, size, shape, or overall appearance
  • Pearly or waxy lumps
  • Moles containing different colors
  • Skin lesions with irregular borders 
  • Bleeding or scabbing lesions
  • Crusted lesions
  • Firm red nodules
  • Dark black dots
  • Itching or burning lesions
  • Moles that increase in size
  • Other unusual skin changes

Any time you suspect possible skin cancer, see the Florida Dermatology Associates experts for skin cancer screening. 

What are the risk factors for skin cancer?

The most common risk factor for skin cancer is unprotected sun exposure. Your risk also increases if you have a family history of skin cancer, fair skin, a history of sunburns, radiation exposure, or a weakened immune system. Protect your skin from the sun to reduce your chance of developing skin cancer. 

What should I expect during skin cancer screening?

During cancer screening at Florida Dermatology Associates, your specialist reviews your medical history and symptoms. They examine your skin in areas containing unusual lesions and may take a tissue biopsy (skin sample) to use for lab analysis.

How is skin cancer treated?

Skin cancer treatments remove cancerous tissue via excision, Mohs surgery, or freezing. Mohs surgery is a treatment in which your specialist removes cancerous tissues, layer by layer, and evaluates each under a microscope until the cancer is gone. Superficial radiation is also a highly effective skin cancer treatment. 

You might need traditional radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or other cancer treatments if your skin cancer has spread to other areas of your body. 

Check your skin regularly to detect possible skin cancer. Watch for new or unusual skin changes and see your dermatologist for a skin evaluation at least once a year.

To schedule skin cancer screening at Florida Dermatology Associates, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature today.