Early signs and symptoms of skin cancer

There are hundreds of different types of cancers, but many of them cannot be physical seen. One of the benefits of skin cancer is that it can be diagnosed extremely early, ensuring treatment for many of our patients with a high rate of survival. At Margulies Dermatology, Dr. Michael C. Margulies and his team in Miami, FL can assist individuals in obtaining regular skin cancer screenings, biopsies, and treatment when needed. 

What are the signs of skin cancer? 

There are various types of skin cancer, and each of them can present in different ways. Patients are urged to have annual skin cancer screenings, during which Dr. Michael C. Margulies can monitor the development of changes in the skin and new lesions, growths, or skin tags that may be indicative of skin cancer.

Below are just a few of the more noticeable changes that may require further evaluation: 

  •         Lumps, bumps, and cysts on the skin
  •         Skin rashes that do not go away
  •         Lesions, tumors, or unusual growths that develop
  •         Crusty, oozing, or pussy growths
  •         Changes in existing moles, including shape, color, and size

What should I do if I have any of the above symptoms? 

Calling a dermatologist such as Dr. Michael C. Margulies is the first step to getting a thorough evaluation and determining if an area of concern is actually skin cancer. During an evaluation, a biopsy, or sample, of the growth may be taken and sent to a laboratory where it is examined for signs of skin cancer. If a patient gets a positive diagnosis of skin cancer, the doctor will then describe the type of skin cancer present and the viable options for treatment. Treatment solutions may include chemotherapy, radiation, and excision. 

Are you interested in learning more about skin cancer? 

Knowing the signs and symptoms of skin cancer is critical to ensuring early detection. Miami, FL area patients who are ready to speak to a professional about their skin needs are encouraged to book a consultation visit with DR. Michael C. Margulies of Margulies Dermatology. Call (305) 595-0393 to request an appointment at the office, conveniently located at 8940 North Kendal Drive, Suite #704E.