It is common for men and women in the Orlando area to spend a lot of time outdoors. However, because of this exposure to ultraviolet rays and the elements, many patients are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer, especially when they do not take the proper precautions to protect their skin from the sun. Dr. Debra Grayman and her team at Pure Skin Dermatology, LLC encourage patients to regularly use skin protection in the form of sunscreen and visit a dermatologist at least once a year for an annual skin care check. This is to make sure skin cancer does not arise and, if it does, to provide a proper diagnosis and fast, effective treatment.

A skin cancer diagnosis may seem scary. No one wants to hear that they have confirmed cancer on their body. However, skin cancer is one of the easiest to treat because it is visible. This means that when detected early enough, skin cancer can be removed and patients can be skin cancer free. Unfortunately, when skin cancer goes undiagnosed, it can become larger and more aggressive, making it harder to treat successfully.

A skin cancer diagnosis early on can be a lifesaver. Patients who visit their dermatologist once a year or when they notice an unusual growth on their skin are more likely to recover from a skin cancer diagnosis than someone who does not seek treatment until it is much too late. A skin check is performed from head to toe by Dr. Debra Grayman to look for anything suspicious that may indicate a serious concern. A mole, growth, or skin tag that looks unusual may be biopsied to check for cancer. If the results come back from the laboratory positive, then patients need to discuss with their dermatologist the appropriate treatment.

In most cases, excision is necessary. This surgical treatment removes the area of skin cancer. This is the best way of addressing skin cancer in an effective and affordable manner. Once skin cancer has been diagnosed, Dr. Debra Grayman and her team will consult with patients to determine the best course of action to address the cancer and bring them back to health.