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By Florida Dermatology Associates
April 13, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin cancer  

If you are worried that you may have some type of skin cancer, Florida Dermatology Associates can help. Skin cancers comes in various different types, and our dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee, are experts in diagnosing and treating them. In most cases, the key to curing skin cancer is early detection and treatment. Here in our Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Port St. John, Suntree, and Titusville, FL, offices, we use the most advanced diagnostic tools for identifying all kinds of skin cancers. With that said, here are FAQs on skin cancer that you should know.

Which Skin Cancers are The Most Common?

The most common skin cancer types include melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. The latter two are classified as non-melanoma cancers.

What Skin Cancer Symptoms Should I Watch Out For?

Consult one of our dermatologists in our Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Port St. John, Titusville, or Suntree FL, locations if you notice any of these skin cancer symptoms:

  • Melanoma: A mole that grows bigger with changes in shape or color, a painful or bleeding mole, a new mole that seems to grow very rapidly, and/or black or dark discoloration on the fingernail.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Red and crusted nodules on skin that’s usually exposed to the sun, but can likewise develop in the genitalia or mouth.
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma: A sore that doesn’t heal, a shiny pimple or nodule, red rough patches, and/or scar-like skin patches.

What are Skin Cancer Risk Factors?

Melanoma risk factors include:

  • Having many irregular moles
  • Having green or blue eyes and blonde or red hair
  • A previous skin cancer diagnosis
  • A family history of skin cancer

Non-Melanoma risk factors include:

  • Having fair skin
  • Arsenic exposure
  • Heavy sun exposure
  • Having a compromised immune system
  • Previous radiation therapy
  • Multiple blistering sunburns
  • Using tanning beds
  • A previous skin cancer diagnosis
  • Northern European ancestry
  • Certain HPV virus forms

How is Skin Cancer Treated?

The most treatable types of skin cancers are non-melanoma types. However, if melanoma is diagnosed and treated before it has had a chance to spread to your lymph nodes, there’s a chance that it can also be cured. The primary goal of skin cancer treatments is to remove all the cancerous cells. Usually, the gold standard treatments are surgical, but non-surgical procedures may likewise be recommended under specific circumstances.

Common surgeries used for treating skin cancer include standard excision, Mohs micrographic surgery, and electrodesiccation and curettage. Basically, the kind of surgical procedure used will significantly be dependent on the tumor’s type, location, and depth. Chemotherapy, radiation, and/or immunotherapy may also be recommended for advanced skin cancer cases or when the patient isn’t fit to undergo surgery.

For More In-Depth Information on Skin Cancer, Give Us a Call.

Contact Florida Dermatology Associates to arrange your appointment with Dr. Ruben Moreno or Dr. Frank Lee. You can reach our Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Suntree, and Titusville, FL, offices at (321) 768-1600 and reach our Port St. John office at (321) 264-6266.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
December 27, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Melanoma  

In 2019, approximately 97,000 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed - 57,000 men, 39,000 women. Although it is relatively rare (accounting for about 1% of skin cancers) melanoma has an extremely high mortality rate. Here at Florida Dermatology Associates, in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, our dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank G. Lee, want our patients to be as informed as possible about this condition and how to protect themselves against it. Read on to learn what you should know about melanoma to decrease your chances of developing this dangerous disease.

Melanoma Risk Factors

The most common cause of melanoma is overexposure to the sun that begins in childhood. Your chances also increase if you have a primary relative with the disease. According to the CDC, this kind of skin cancer has doubled in the past 30 years, and has been identified in adults over the age of 60 as well as in young adults around the age of 30. Melanoma can spread once it finds it's the way to your body, which is why early detection is critical to proper treatment.

Signs to Look For

If you notice any changes in your skin, visit your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, as soon as possible. You should examine your body often, and contact our Florida Dermatology Associates if you notice:

  • Scaly pink or red lesions
  • Large brown spots with specks
  • Frequent sores that heal and re-open
  • Dark lesions on sensitive areas, such as fingertips, mouth, or nose
  • Existing moles that begin to hurt and bleed

How a Dermatologist Can Help

To identify melanoma, your dermatologists will perform a biopsy at one of their locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL. If the biopsy is negative, together we will discuss tips for prevention that include covering up your arms and legs with protective clothing and visiting our office for routine checkups. If the biopsy is positive, we may discuss tips for removal and create a treatment plan best suited for your needs.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

To further discuss melanoma, schedule a consultation with our Florida Dermatology Associates. We have five convenient locations in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, for our patients to visit. For questions or appointment scheduling, please call (321) 768-1600.

By Florida Dermatology Associates
November 19, 2019
Category: Dermatology

Look your best with the help of your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL.

Are you tired of shaving, waxing, or other methods of hair removal? Would you like smooth, hair-free skin indefinitely? If so, you need to explore laser hair reduction from Florida Dermatology Associates! Experts in cosmetic surgery and aesthetic services, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee deliver wonderful results to patients of all ages from their offices in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL. Learn more here:

Areas of unwanted hair

We all have them. For women, they're typically the upper lip, underarms, legs, and bikini line. Men often struggle with the chest, back, and shoulders. Where ever your problem hair is, your board-certified dermatologist can take care of it with innovative laser treatments.

The laser hair reduction treatment

Using a small, handheld laser tool, the doctor delivers short, focused bursts of light to the areas that you want to be treated. The laser actually vaporizes the hair and permanently de-activates the hair follicles.

Given that hair grows cyclically, most patients here at Florida Dermatology Associates require up to six treatments spaced a few weeks apart. Fortunately, unlike cosmetic surgery, laser hair treatments require little prep and no downtime. Side effects, such as redness and tenderness at the treatment sites, are minimal and resolve quickly.

Additionally, you should know that laser skin treatments, including hair reduction, are completely safe. You'll wear protective eyewear throughout the procedure. The treatments are relatively comfortable with patients only reporting a sensation similar to an insect sting or rubber band snapping on the skin.

Find out more about laser hair reduction

Do you desire a beautifully smooth look for all your troublesome skin areas? Explore laser hair reduction at Florida Dermatology Associates. We have five locations (Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL) to serve all of your aesthetic dermatology and cosmetic surgery needs. Call us today at (321) 768-1600 to arrange your consultation with Dr. Moreno or Dr. Lee!

By Florida Dermatology Associates
October 22, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

How your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, can help your Eczema

Affecting people of all ages, eczema is a chronic skin condition that plagues people with its characteristic symptoms of itchy, scaly patches Eczemaand oozing, even bleeding, sores. If you suffer from this issue, you will need the proper education to control and improve it. Fortunately, here at Florida Dermatology Associates in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, your dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee, help people navigate their flare-ups with care that is compassionate, targeted, and effective.


FAQs about eczema

Just what is eczema?

Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic skin condition known for its red/orange patches that itch, ooze, and flake. Appearing virtually anywhere on the body, eczema may begin in infancy and flare up periodically due to stress, medications, heat, allergens, and more.


Are there different kinds?

There are several different kinds of eczema and even the same type of eczema may express itself in different ways and vary in severity. Unfortunately, some varieties are so aggressive that the skin becomes permanently damaged in terms of color, thickness, and scarring.

One of the most common kinds of eczema is contact dermatitis, a condition that creates red, intensely itchy skin patches after exposure to laundry soap, certain fabrics (such as wool), or a separate irritant. This kind of eczema differs from atopic dermatitis, which flares in response to an allergen such as animal dander.

Another very noticeable type of eczema is seborrheic dermatitis, which is known for causing flaky dandruff that increases in intensity during hot weather. Stasis dermatitis is related to vascular problems in the extremities.


How many people have eczema?

The National Eczema Association says that 30 million Americans of all ages, skin colors, and walks of life suffer from eczema. Most of the time, it expresses itself in infancy.


Is it contagious?

No, it is not contagious. However, when skin lesions flare up and remain open, they may be infiltrated with bacteria and become infected.


Do genetics play a role in eczema?

Much scientific and anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that eczema runs in families.


Is there hope?

Yes, there is hope. The American Academy of Dermatology says that skin doctors constantly explore new ways to control eczema and reduce its inflammation, itching, and spread around the body. There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications, including antihistamines, steroidal creams, and ointments. Additionally, Dr. Lee and Dr. Moreno often advise careful personal hygiene and daily shampooing.


Find out more

Here at Florida Dermatology Associates, our professional team can help you with your eczema. We will help you identify your triggers and compose a treatment plan that works for you and your skin long-term. For more information or to arrange a consultation, phone (321) 768-1600. We have five locations to serve you: Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL,

By Florida Dermatology Associates
June 12, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Cosmetic Surgery  

Your mind says you're youthful, but the mirror reflects something a bit different. Here at Florida Dermatology Associates in Cocoa, Beautiful GirlTitusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, our cosmetic surgeons—Dr. Frank Lee and Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno—perform state-of-the-art procedures that rejuvenate both facial appearance and self-confidence. Read on to get the information you need to decide how we can help you best!


FAQs about Cosmetic Surgery

What are the goals of cosmetic facial surgery?

People seek cosmetic facial surgery because they want to refresh their appearance and feel more confident and self-assured. Whether facial flaws originate in the aging process or result from trauma, congenital defect, acne scarring, or any other circumstance, your physicians at Florida Dermatology Associates can give you the help you need!


What kinds of procedures does Florida Dermatology Associates offer?

Dr. Lee and Dr. Moreno and their team offer several leading-edge procedures which can:

  • Reduce areas of hyper-pigmentation, remove scars, and smooth lines and wrinkles (both static and dynamic)
  • Remove unwanted hair from shoulders, chest, legs, face, underarms and bikini line
  • Resurface aging skin
  • Eliminate areas of redness
  • Treat small, but obvious, spider veins


Do I qualify for these procedures?

Because you'll be seeing a board-certified dermatologist when you come to Florida Dermatology Associates, you're assured of a complete skin examination and review of your medical and surgical history. Your doctor will recommend only the procedures appropriate to your skin type, age, aesthetic goals, and overall health. Treatment plans are tailored to you and no one else!


Will I need special care after I have my procedure?

Many procedures, such as laser hair removal and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments, cause no, or very little, downtime. Surgical facelifts, on the other hand, do carry a recovery period. Your doctor will outline what you must do both before and after your procedure to ensure your safety, best results, and complete recovery.


How many people get cosmetic surgeries?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says these procedures increase in number every year. In 2018 alone, American adults expended $16.5 billion on cosmetic surgeries and less invasive treatments (such as laser resurfacing or BOTOX injections). The procedures themselves number in the millions.


Find out more by calling one of our offices in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL!

Please call Florida Dermatology Associates at (321) 768-1800 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Lee or Dr. Moreno. We have five locations to serve all your medical and aesthetic dermatology needs: Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL,