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Skin Cancers

Other skin cancers may include basal cell and squamous cell cancers. Risk factors for these skin cancers may include: fair skin, excessive sun exposure, history of blistering sunburns, family history of skin cancers and advanced age.

There are a variety of options to treat skin cancer including topical chemotherapeutic medications, destruction, excision and MOHS micrographic surgery. The treatment of choice depends on the patient’s medical condition and location of the skin cancer.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

Skin Cancers Jacksonville - Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers Other skin cancers may include basal cell and squamous cell cancers. Basal cell carcinoma is typically noticed as smooth or raised bumps on sun-exposed areas of the skin which may include the head, neck, and shoulders, while squamous cell carcinoma may be noticed as a more well-defined, thick, scaling bump on the skin. Risk factors for these skin cancers may include: fair skin, excessive sun exposure, history of blistering sunburns, family history of skin cancers and advanced age.

There are a variety of options to treat skin cancer including topical chemotherapeutic medications, destruction, excision and MOHS micrographic surgery. The treatment of choice depends on the patient’s medical condition and location of the skin cancer.

Photodynamic Therapy Treatment (PDT)

Skin Cancers Jacksonville - PDT Treatment PDT, known medically as Photodynamic Therapy, is a treatment that utilizes aminolevulinic acid, a special solution that can be applied to the skin. It is then activated using a specific light wavelength to help in treating a wide range of conditions including skin cancer and pre-cancerous lesions known as Actinic Keratoses. This procedure uses Levulan, a fluid that is left on the skin for a specific period of time before it is exposed to various light sources. There is minor discomfort with this treatment, though the doctor will use a specialized cooling fan to ensure comfort and reduce the sensation caused by the light therapy. After treatment, patients may notice some slight redness and swelling. They should avoid sunlight or bright indoor light for approximately two days after treatment. Peeling and crusting may appear in the treatment area, but this is normal. Patients are encouraged to speak with their doctor about what they can expect before, during, and after their PDT treatment so they fully understand the side effects following the procedure.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Skin Cancers Jacksonville - Mohs Micrographic SurgeryAnother solution for treating skin cancer is Mohs micrographic surgery. This is a specialized procedure that is performed as an outpatient treatment and is done to fully remove the skin cancer from the skin, including the “roots.” It has a high success rate and is performed by quality surgeons for optimum results.
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