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Diagnosing Skin Cancer

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If you think you may have skin cancer or are at risk, preventive skin cancer screening is your best defense.

Is it skin cancer?

It’s a nagging fear that many of us have. Will those years of unprotected sun exposure ultimately lead to skin cancer? And how would you know if you had skin cancer? Would you recognize a suspicious mole or lesion?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. More than 900,000 cases of basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer, both of which are highly curable, are diagnosed annually. About 40,000 cases of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, are diagnosed each year.

People with fair complexions, those who have had several blistering sunburns, individuals with a family history of skin cancer and those who have been exposed to coal tar, pitch, arsenic compounds, creosote, or radium are at risk and should be screened.

It’s important to pay attention to changes in your skin and see a doctor if you notice a change in the size or color of a mole or freckle; a new mole or lesion; or an area of scaliness, itching, bleeding, tenderness, or pain.

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Sizing up the problem

If you suspect a problem or desire screening because you are at risk for skin cancer, Martin Dermatology in Fort Myers Florida is here for you. The dermatologist who leads this clinic is specially trained to find existing skin cancers at their earliest, and most treatable, stages.

If you desire skin cancer screening, a head-to-toe skin evaluation can be scheduled. If a problem exists, a specific evaluation can be performed. If a skin biopsy is needed, it can be handled immediately.dermatology scc.jpg A head-to-toe screening is recommended annually for some adults and every 6 months for certain other patients.

As an added service, Martin Dermatology strives to educate patients about reducing their risk of skin cancer and to help avoid a second occurrence.

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