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What are the early signs of skin cancer?

A diagnosis of skin cancer can be a concerning moment for most. Fortunately, there are ways you can be proactive in detecting cancer for a more effective treatment. Dr. Scott Deckelbaum of Plantation Dermatology in Plantation, FL, can assist by educating patients on the earliest signs of cancer that should be evaluated further by a medical professional.

What are the early signs of skin cancer?

Most skin cancers — including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma — start as changes to the skin. This could be a new mole or a change in an existing mole. Be on the lookout for these early signs and symptoms:

  • A change in the shape, color, size or feel of a mole
  • A new mole appears suddenly
  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • Itching, bleeding, or even a burning sensation

If you notice any unique or unusual changes in your skin, make an appointment to see Dr. Scott Deckelbaum of Plantation Dermatology. He can determine whether the changes noticed are due to skin cancer or another condition. This may include a sample of the skin that is removed for further evaluation during a procedure called a biopsy. The sample is then sent to an outside lab to check for signs of skin cancer.

What do I do if skin cancer is detected?

Biopsies that come back to Plantation Dermatology as skin cancer can be a scary moment for many of our patients. Fortunately, skin cancer is an easily treatable condition when caught in its earliest stages. When a diagnosis of skin cancer occurs, our team talks to the patient about their next possible steps. Chemotherapy, radiation, and excision are all effective ways to address cancerous cells of the skin. Our team will talk about each one and help you make an educated decision as to how to proceed.

How do I learn more about skin cancer?

It is highly recommended that patients of all ages visit a dermatologist once a year for an annual skin cancer screening, during which Dr. Scott Deckelbaum will evaluate the skin from head to toe to look for any unusual growths or changes in existing moles which may be indicative of cancer. If you live in the Plantation, FL, community and want to learn more, call 954-577-5161 to request an appointment!

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