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Avoid Skin Cancer

How to Avoid Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Treatment

Avoid Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. There are three major types of skin cancers; each is named after the type of skin cell from which they originate.  Basal cell cancer originates from the lowest layer of the epidermis. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer; it’s also the least dangerous. It most commonly appears as a pearly translucency to fleshy color which are tiny blood vessels on the surface.  Squamous cell cancer originates from the middle layer. Commonly presented as a red, crusted, or scaly patch or bump. Though this form of cancer is less commonly seen, it is more prone to spread and if left untreated can become fatal.  Melanoma, originates in the pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. Melanoma is the most aggressive and most likely to spread, if untreated it becomes fatal.  The common appearance is an asymmetrical area, with an irregular border, color variation, and often greater than a 6 mm diameter. Melanoma accounts for less than five percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of the skin cancer results to deaths. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. It’s been said that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

Most Common Form of Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers cases in over two million people are diagnosed annually. With such staggering reports and statistics, one can only wonder how can I prevent or lessen my chances of skin cancer.  The risk of developing skin cancer can be reduced by using sunscreen daily, avoiding the use of tobacco and decreasing or eliminating indoor tanning and mid-day sun exposure.  About 90 percent of non melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Dr. Longwill, of Miami Center for Dermatology, says that daily sunscreen use is your first line of defense. She suggests using daily sun block, preferably with antioxidants like, Daily Replenishing Sunblock SPF 36.  It is infused with botanicals including Elhibin and Colhibin to help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers. Daily use helps delay environmental aging and preventing skin cancer. Another, favorite amongst her patients, is the Colore Science PRO Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30; it helps prevent sunburn and provides higher SPF providing greater sunburn protection.  It retains water after 80 minutes of activity and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Daily Replenishing Sun block SPF 36 and Colore Science PRO Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30 can be found in drlongwillskincare.com/.

Early Skin Cancer Detection

Early detection is key, providing peace of mind and greater chances of successful cancer treatment. Dr. Longwill of Miami Center for Dermatology offers comprehensive skin testing and cutting edge cancer treatments. She is one of the few doctors in South Florida, currently using the SRT-100.   The SRT-100 can be safely used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, on the face and other areas of the body. SRT is a low energy radiotherapy that goes no deeper than the thickness of the skin. It is a proven non-invasive procedure that has been used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer for over 50 years and is highly recognized and reimbursable by most insurance companies. Because the superficial x-rays concentrate radiation dose on the skin surface, the treatment has several advantages over surgical procedures. Allowing for effective cancer treatment and minimal to zero scarring.

Here at the Miami Center for Dermatology, your comfort and satisfaction is our main concern. For that reason, we offer Early Skin Cancer Detection. Call Today to schedule an appointment at (305) 279-7546 or Click Here to Contact Us Today!