Skin Cancer in Miami, FL

A type of cancer that affects the skin cells.

Skin Cancer Treatment in Miami

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Causes of Skin Cancer

The leading cause of skin cancer is long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from natural sunlight and tanning beds. If you have any of the following, you may be at increased risk of skin cancer:

Even if your blistering sunburns occurred as a child, they significantly increase your adult risk of skin cancer

How can I tell the difference between the various types of skin cancer?

The three main types of skin cancer are:

Basal cell carcinoma

The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma.  It’s usually identified as a raised pink or reddish crusty patch on the skin or as bumps that can be pink, red, white or translucent.  Sometimes it can form in scar-like white or yellow areas or manifest as open sores which bleed, ooze and crust over.

Squamous cell carcinoma

This carcinoma typically begins as dry, scaly lesions known as actinic keratoses. When these lesions first appear, they are harmless. They can develop into cancer if not treated.  Squamous cell carcinoma is known to be the second most common type of skin cancer.


Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer.  Melanoma can develop in a number of ways, one being when cells begin to grow abnormally on pre-existing moles.  They can also form as brown or black lesions that resemble moles.

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How do surgeons treat skin cancer?

The goal of treating skin cancer is removing the cancerous cells while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. There are several surgical techniques that surgeons can use to remove a cancerous lesion.  As a precaution, in addition to the lesion, they remove a small amount of the surrounding tissue.

A doctor may recommend a sentinel lymph node biopsy for melanoma patients to see if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.

A skin cancer-specialized pathologist sends tissue samples to a lab for analysis.  The pathologist’s job is to examine the cancerous lesion and the tissue sample to determine that surgery completely removed the cancer.

Many skin cancer patients only need to surgically remove their cancerous lesion.  However, that depends on the results of the samples sent for analysis.  If the tests reveal that cancer has spread, then the patient will require more treatment.  Further treatment may involve ongoing radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or targeted therapy. Skin cancer may require multiple treatments before remission.

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