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What is Skin Cancer?

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective treatment for skin cancer in Orlando. It's the most common cancer in the US, and results in over one million new cases every year. There are two basic types on non-melanoma skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common variety. It is relatively slow-growing and rarely spreads to other areas of the body.  Squamous cell carcinoma is far less common but quite a bit more aggressive.  It has the capacity to spread to other body parts and grow deep below the surface of the skin. Melanoma is a third type and is the least common of the three.  It is also the most dangerous.For more information about treatment for skin cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

Symptoms of Skin Cancer

Signs and symptoms of skin cancer may vary, but can include:

  • A new dark spot or one that changes in size, shape or color
  • Sores that don't heal
  • Sores or spots that change in sensation
  • Any small, smooth lump
  • Any solid red lump that bleeds or scabs
  • Rough, dry or scaly, flattened red spots
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Risk Factors of Skin Cancer

  • Sunburn. Repeated or long term exposure to direct and indirect sunlight
  • Fair complexion.
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Employment exposure to coal tar, arsenic compounds, creosote, pitch and paraffin oil.
  • Living in Sun Belt states.
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Treatment of Skin Cancer

Surgery, in its various forms, is the most common method of treatment. Mohs Surgery scrapes away thin, individual layers of a tumor, which are examined under a microscope for malignant cells. Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to destroy cancerous tissue. Laser surgery uses hi-intensity light to burn away cancer cells. Electrodessication uses an electrical current to burn suspect tissues. Tradition radiation and chemotherapy are only very rarely used.

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Request an Appointment

For more information about treatment for skin cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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