Of the different types of cancer, skin cancer is the most common. In fact, researchers estimate that more than 9,500 Americans receive a skin cancer diagnosis every day. At Family Medicine Solutions in Longwood, Florida, family medicine physician Sultan Rahaman, MD, specializes in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. If you’re concerned about a large mole or unusual skin lesion, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the booking tool today.
Skin cancer, a disease characterized by the abnormal growth of skin cells, usually develops on areas of your skin exposed to sunlight. However, it can show up on other parts of your body as well.
There are three types of skin cancer: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. Your symptoms and the severity of your condition depend on the type of skin cancer you have.
Although there’s no way to prevent skin cancer entirely, you can significantly lower your risk by wearing protective clothing and blocking the sun’s harsh UV rays with high-SPF (sun protection factor) sunscreen.
The symptoms of skin cancer vary from person to person. The telltale signs to look out for include:
If you have skin cancer, you might also develop lesions that itch or burn, or you might experience dark spots on the palms of your hands and bottoms of your feet.
Skin cancer affects people of all ages and races. Certain factors can increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop skin cancer if you work or spend a majority of your time outdoors and fail to wear sunscreen or other adequate sun protection.
At Family Medicine Solutions, Dr. Rahaman diagnoses skin cancer by doing a physical exam and reviewing your medical history. If he notices areas of suspicious-looking skin, Dr. Rahaman might also recommend a biopsy. During a biopsy, Dr. Rahaman carefully removes a small piece of your skin and sends it to a lab for additional testing. A biopsy can determine if you have skin cancer and what type of skin cancer you have.
Treating skin cancer depends on the size, shape, site, and severity of your lesion. However, Dr. Rahaman can safely and effectively remove most types of skin irregularity, cancerous or not.
Dr. Rahaman usually removes small cancer lesions during a simple biopsy. However, larger growths may require more invasive means like freezing, excisional surgery, or radiation therapy. Following an exam, review of your symptoms, and diagnosis, Dr. Rahaman can develop a treatment plan that fits your individual needs.
When caught early, it’s possible to treat skin cancer. To request your skin cancer consultation at Family Medicine Solutions, call the office or click the online booking tool today.