Dermatologists and oncologists collaborate to treat skin cancer, an abnormal growth of skin cells. Skin cancer typically occurs in skin exposed to the sun, but it can develop anywhere. There are different types of skin cancer, such as carcinoma or melanoma.
Skin cancer care in Florida
You can never really be prepared for a cancer diagnosis.
At HCA Florida Physicians, our skilled oncologists are prepared to be with you every step of the way on your journey. Our physicians specialize in treating many different forms of skin cancer and are ready to tailor your treatment plan to suit your individual needs.
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Types of skin cancer we treat
Our team is equipped to diagnose and treat different types of skin cancer, including:
- Basil cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Diagnosing skin cancer
Using advanced diagnostic procedures, our oncologists can determine which type of skin cancer you may have, pinpoint its precise location and also determine the extent to which it has spread. Our experts may use one or more of the following
to diagnose skin cancer:
We use a variety of diagnostic imaging tests, such as computerized tomography (CT), X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to see if the suspected cancer has spread.
During a skin examination, which may be routine or as a result of a new growth, the doctor will look at the growth to view the the size, shape, color and texture of the suspicious spot. Often, a special microscope or magnifying lens may be used to view it more carefully.
Treatment options for skin cancers
There are many different options to treat skin cancer, some of which may include:
- Cryotherapy — Cryotherapy involves freezing and destroying the cancerous tissue.
- Dermabrasion — During dermabrasion, your doctor will use an abrasive device to rub away the cancerous cells.
- Radiation therapy — Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill the cancer cells and prevent further growth or spread.
- Surgery — During surgery, your doctor will remove the growth and any other affected cells.
Preventive skin care
Our doctors know that preventive medicine is the best defense against skin cancer. According to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are many ways to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, including wearing sunscreen and avoiding excessive sun exposure.
Additionally, routine screenings from your primary care doctor or dermatologist can help detect skin cancer early, when it is more treatable. You can also perform routine screenings at home, keeping a lookout for any growths or marks that are:
- Changing in shape, size or color
- Irregularly shaped (not round or mostly round)
- Larger than 1/4 inch in size
- New growths
Our skin cancer specialists
Our skin cancer oncologists are specially trained to ensure no cancerous growths on the skin go overlooked or undiagnosed. To do this, they have years of experience with the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer.
Additionally, because our doctors are part of HCA Florida Healthcare, they can collaborate or consult with other specialists to ensure you receive the best possible treatment.
Together, our doctors make up a highly-trained and experienced team of individuals, ready to help you in the fight against cancer.