Did you know that skin cancer occurs in more Americans than all other kinds of cancers put together? Statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation prove it, and that's why your dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL, want their patients to be vigilant about this deadly condition. With routine screening, diagnosis and cure rates are high.
What you can look for
If you receive an annual skin cancer screening as the American Academy of Dermatology advises, that's great. But, did you know that in between visits to your dermatologist, you can looks for signs of skin cancer yourself in the privacy of your own home?
While skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma, the most virulent) mostly appear on areas exposed to the sun, your dermatologist encourages his patients to inspect the entire body. If necessary, use a mirror or get a spouse to help.
- Crusty, scaly patches which do not heal
- Raised bumps which bleed
- Bumps that are waxy in texture and have visible blood vessels and/or dimples
Also, your dermatologist says to inspect any existing moles for changes. Use this mnemonic to recall how to examine your skin:
A is for assymmetry. A benign mole, bisected with a straight line down the middle, will be evenly shaped and sized in both halves.
B is for border. Cancerous moles, unlike their benign counterparts, are irregular or notched, not smooth.
C is for color. It should be the same throughout.
D stands for diameter. Picture the pink eraser at the top of a standard pencil. No benign mole will be larger than this eraser (6mm).
E means evolving. A mole you've had for a long time should look the same year after year, not growing or changing in shape, texture or color.
Your bottom line caution from your dermatologist is: if you see a concerning change, come to Florida Dermatology Associates for a check-up.
Preventing skin cancer
Remember the old sayings, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." and " A stitch in time saves nine?" Well, these adages remind us that keeping ahead of dangerous health conditions is worth the time and effort. Typically, preventive measures are simple lifestyle habits which add up to a healthier, happier you.
So, to help prevent skin cancer, remember to:
- Stay in the shade between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun's rays are at their peak.
- Cover up poolside and at the beach. Long sleeves and long pants, in light colors, reflect the sun.
- Use SPF 30 sun screen or higher on exposed areas, and re-apply it every 2 hours or whenever it sweats or washes off.
- Avoid tanning booths.
Find out more
If you are concerned about a skin rash, spot, mole or lesion, please contact Florida Dermatology Associates in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL. This professional team helps scores of people annually have their healthiest, most attractive skin. Reach us at (321) 768-1600.
Though they do not often become serious, fungal skin and nail infections can prove to be rather frustrating and annoying conditions. Luckily, your dermatologist can help you get to the bottom of your fungus issue and find the treatment you need to successfully get rid of it for good. Find out more about treating fungus of the skin and nails with Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL.
What causes fungus in skin and nails?
A fungal infection comes from microscopic fungal spores entering the skin through a tiny cut or scrape and coming to rest under your dead skin tissue. Often, this fungus, called Candida albicans, does not cause any symptoms and simply lives on your skin. However, sometimes it begins to multiply, creating an infection and causing the symptoms related to a fungal infection.
Do I have a fungal skin or nail infection?
Your dermatologist will use a physical examination to visually inspect your infection and will most often find a patch of itchy, red, and scaly skin. Sometimes, the rash will leak fluids and have pustules around the outer border. If you have a nail fungus, you will probably notice a yellowed or brittle nail which may become misshapen or thickened. Severe cases cause the nail to separate from the nail bed.
Treating Fungus of Skin and Nails in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL
Treating your fungal infection will depend on the type of infection you have and its severity. Often, over-the-counter antifungal medications can clear up your condition. Prescription-strength varieties of these medications help more severe infections. Oral medications and antifungal lacquer for nails also treat fungal infections.
For more information on skin and nail fungal infections, please contact your dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology serving Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Suntree, and Titusville, FL. Call (321) 264-6266 to schedule your appointment in Cocoa, FL, or (321) 768-1600 to schedule your appointment at the Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Suntree, or Titusville locations today!
Skin cleansers and creams can provide favorable results with regular use, but sometimes you need to consult a dermatologist to get the more youthful and healthy skin you want. You may find that Laser IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments at Florida Dermatology Associates in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa, FL, can improve the appearance of your skin significantly.
What Are Laser IPL Treatments?
Lasers have many different applications in the medical field. In dermatology, they are used to heal scars and reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Laser IPL uses a technology called intense pulsed light to rejuvenate the skin. It helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating the collagen in the skin. It can lighten marks due to hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and age spots. Patients who are struggling with rosacea and similar skin conditions may see an improvement after an IPL treatment. The technology behind IPL is also used in hair removal procedures.
IPL is an alternative to more invasive procedures like facelifts and Botox injections. There’s no need to go under anesthesia for this treatment. If there’s any discomfort at the first session as skin imperfections are being lasered away, many patients find it very tolerable. IPL appointments only require about an hour of your time.
Your IPL Dermatology Appointment
You’ll first attend a skin consultation so that your Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa dermatologist can examine you and talk to you about your skin issues. In order to qualify for IPL treatments, your dermatologist must first check your medical history, including any allergies and skin reactions. You’ll wear a pair of protective glasses and a cooling gel will be applied to the skin. The laser wand is placed over the areas of concern, sending bright pulses of light to the skin. When the procedure is over, your doctor will apply a moisturizer. It may take a few days for the redness to go away, and up to five sessions to see the full results you want.
Talk to Your Dermatologist
Many patients don’t get treatments that would greatly improve their skin simply because they don’t ask. A laser IPL treatment could make all the difference. Call (321) 768-1600 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ruben Moreno or Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology Associates in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa, FL.
Properly caring for your skin should be an important part of your daily routine. A few simple steps can help you avoid the effects of aging and feel great about the way you look for years to come. With help from your dermatologist, you can choose the best skin care routine for you. Find out more about caring for your skin with Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee at Florida Dermatology Associates with locations in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa, FL.
How can I care for my skin daily?
A good daily skin care regimen can greatly reduce sun damage and the effects of aging. The most basic skin care routine begins with washing your face using a gentle face wash in the morning and at night. A toner used morning and night helps keep the pores clean and minimizes the appearance of large pores. Use a moisturizer in the morning and before bed at night to keep the skin hydrated. Always wear a sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 on the face, even if your moisturizer contains an SPF to help avoid sun damage and related issues like skin cancer.
What can I do to care for my skin long-term?
Your dermatologist is your key to opening the world of long-term skin care. From microdermabrasion to help even skin tone and slough off dead skin cells to skin examinations which help spot the earliest signs of skin cancer, your dermatologist can take your skin care to the next level. Yearly appointments with your doctor allow you both to assess your skin’s health and reevaluate your skin care routine to adjust it as necessary.
Skin Care in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, and Cocoa
Taking good care of your skin can help prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and avoid issues like skin cancer. Taking your skin’s health seriously can ensure that you look great and feel great, too. Consult with your dermatologist to find the best course of action for you and your skin.
For more information on proper skin care, please contact Dr. Moreno and Dr. Lee at Florida Dermatology Associates. To schedule an appointment in Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, or Melbourne, FL, please call (321) 768-1600. To schedule an appointment in Cocoa, FL, please call (321) 264-6266.
What your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne want you to know
Skin cancer can be a worrisome diagnosis, but the good news is there is a highly effective type of surgery to treat skin cancer. It’s called Mohs surgery, and it can help make skin cancer a distant memory. Your dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates want to share the facts about Mohs surgery, the state-of-the-art way to treat skin cancer. They have several convenient office locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, FL to help you.
Mohs surgery is a revolutionary type of surgery to effectively treat different forms of skin cancer including squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. During a Mohs surgery, thin layers of tissue are removed one-by-one and examined for cancerous or abnormal cells under a microscope. Surgery continues until all of the cancerous cells are removed.
Skin cancer treatment has benefited dramatically from the Mohs technique. That’s because Mohs surgery has the highest rate of curing skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that up to 99% of initial skin cancers are cured, with up to 94% of recurring skin cancers cured.
You will benefit from Mohs surgery in many ways. With Mohs surgical treatment, you can count on:
- Increased comfort because treatment is less invasive and only requires local anesthetic
- Increased convenience because treatment is performed in an outpatient setting
- Minimal scarring because minimal tissue is removed during treatment
- Minimal skin damage because only cancerous cells are removed; your healthy tissue remains undamaged
Mohs surgery can help treat skin cancer, but the most important step you can take is to remember to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 daily, and SPF 30 if you are out in the sun for a long period of time. Also remember to check your moles for any changes in size, color, or shape.
If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, it’s time to seek out the help of the experts. It’s time to call your dermatologists at Florida Dermatology Associates, with offices in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, FL. Don’t wait, call today!
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