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Skin Cancer Treatment in Miami, FL

Identifying and treating skin cancer is a major focus of our practice at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Miami. Our board-certified dermatologists have received world-class training and possess exquisite skill in all facets of skin cancer treatment from diagnosis to treatment and recovery. Of course, we can also provide residents of Miami, Kendall, Ft. Lauderdale and surrounding communities with prevention techniques to help protect you and your family from sun damage.

There are three common forms of skin cancer:

About Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and also the most common of all cancers. Basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads to other areas of the body, it will continue to grow and destroy healthy skin. Basal cell carcinomas initially may have the appearance of a small pimple, a non-healing or bleeding sore, shiny papule, cyst or other type of lesion. The board-certified dermatologist of Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Miami will perform a full body check to determine if further examination is needed. The diagnosis or basal cell carcinoma will be confirmed with a biopsy.

About Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer and is more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma. This form of skin cancer can potentially spread to the nearby glands or lymph nodes or travel through the bloodstream to other areas of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma usually appears as a rough, scaly bump or larger growth. Diagnosis is confirmed with a biopsy performed by our dermatologists, and pathologic evaluation of the tissue.

About Malignant Melanoma

Malignant melanoma is the most aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer. If undetected early enough, these tumors may spread to local lymph nodes or anywhere in the body. However, if a melanoma is caught early, it may be cured by surgical excision. The tumor often appears as a brown or black patch, or as an unusual mole that is growing or changes shape.

There are many risk factors for the development of skin cancer. Accumulated exposure to UV radiation is the greatest risk factor. Skin cancer does occur more frequently in people with fair complexions (blonde hair and blue eyes), however, darker skinned individuals may also develop skin cancer. Heredity and environment also play a role.

Our dermatologists recommend daily application of adequate amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater as the most important preventative measure. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing is also recommended if you will be outdoors during peak sun hours.

Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist, and the other physicians at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute are experts at identifying, diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Our patients primarily live in and around Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Kendall, FL.