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Skin and Body Curvatures

Aesthetic Medicine Practice & Corrective Skin Care Specialists located in St. Petersburg, FL

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and typically begins as changes to the skin. Have new growths and skin lesions examined at Skin and Body Curvatures in St. Petersburg, Florida, as they may become cancerous over time. While skin cancer can affect all complexions, up to 50% of fair-skinned people will develop cancer by the age of 65. Early detection and treatment are crucial to curing skin cancer. Call or use the online booking system to schedule your exam today.

Skin Lesions Q & A

What are the warning signs of skin cancer?

Skin cancer begins with abnormal growth or physical changes to the skin. There are three types of skin cancer, and all three have various symptoms:

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

The most common type of skin cancer, BCC usually appears in areas exposed to the sun. Symptoms can appear as a variety of skin lesions, including small lumps, open sores, dark patches, or red patches. 

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

UV rays cause squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common type of skin cancer. While SCC is slow-growing, it can spread to the tissues, bones, and lymph nodes, so early detection is vital. Symptoms can appear as a bump or scaly patches of red skin. It may itch or hurt, and can bleed when scratched. 

Melanoma

Melanoma is the most severe type of skin cancer. It develops in the cells that produce melanin, which gives skin its color. Skin exposed to the sun is most at risk, but melanoma can develop anywhere on your body. The first signs of melanoma are a change in an existing mole or a new pigmented or unusual-looking growth on your skin. 

What happens if I have a suspicious mole or skin lesions? 

Many skin lesions are benign, called skin tags. Skin tags are not dangerous and only need removal if the appearance bothers you or they are in an area that makes shaving difficult.

Skin and Body Curvatures performs a skin cancer screening and biopsy on any dangerous skin abnormalities to determine if they are cancerous. A biopsy allows your provider to analyze the mole or skin lesion for a definitive diagnosis.  

A biopsy begins with a numbing injection near the site. While the needle may pinch, it should alleviate any pain during the removal of the cells. Three common types of biopsies are:

  • Shave biopsy – a razor blade shaves off the mole and surrounding skin
  • Punch biopsy – a punch tool encapsulates the mole and surrounding skin and pulls it out in one “punch”
  • Scalpel removal – a scalpel removes the mole and skin surrounding it

The biopsy is sent to a laboratory for testing to confirm whether your skin abnormalities are cancerous.

How is skin cancer treated?

Treatment for skin cancer depends on many factors, including the size and location of cancer, the patient’s preference and health, and possible side effects. Conventional treatments Skin and Body Curvatures takes include surgical excision of malignant moles, lesions, or tumors or cryotherapy to freeze and destroy abnormal precancerous cells with liquid nitrogen.

Don’t ignore skin changes. Use the online booking tool or call Skin and Body Curvatures to diagnose the cause of your skin lesions and get skin cancer screening for early detection and treatment.