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Five things you should know about skin cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable and prevalent cancers in the United States today. At Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center, we routinely evaluate patients for skin cancer during skin cancer screenings. With early detection, many patients will have a successful recovery.

Below are five things you should know about skin cancer as presented by Dr. Michael Scannon and his associates in Tampa, Florida: 

  •         Skin cancer accounts for almost 50% of all cancer cases diagnosed in the United States. It is determined that approximately 5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, making it a serious concern for patients in the Tampa, FL area where regular sun exposure is high.
  •         Ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds account for approximately 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers. This is why tanning beds should be avoided, and proper precautions should be taken to protect the skin when outdoors. Chronic exposure and regular sunburns from UV rays can significantly increase a patient’s risk of developing skin cancer.
  •         Skin cancer affects everyone. While those with lighter skin may be more likely to experience skin cancer than those with darker skin, individuals of all skin types and ethnicities can still be affected by skin cancer.
  •         Skin cancer has a 95% cure rate. However, late detection or diagnosis of skin cancer can significantly reduce this number. This is why Dr. Michael Scannon strongly encourages patients to have regular screenings and to call a professional if they suspect changes in the skin that may be indicative of cancer.
  •         Skin cancer screenings should be done on an annual basis. Patients should book a screening with a dermatologist every year to monitor their skin’s health and look for early signs of cancer, including changes to moles, new growths, or unusual wounds that bleed or refuse to heal.

Schedule a skin cancer screening today 

At Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center, we work regularly with patients to help diagnosis, remove, and prevent skin cancer in patients throughout the Tampa, FL area. Dr. Michael Scannon and his associates encourage patients to book annual screenings by calling (813) 877-4811. The office is located at 4200 North Armenia Avenue in Suites 1 and 2.

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