Melanoma in Boca Raton, FL
Located in Boca Raton, and serving West Palm Beach and all of South Florida, Sanctuary Medical Center offers treatment for melanoma and other skin cancers which require the assistance of a dermatologist.
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is one of the three types of skin cancer that is the most serious and represents only four percent of all skin cancers. As the most serious type of skin cancer, it accounts for 79 percent of all skin cancer deaths.
What Causes Melanoma to Develop?
Melanoma is caused by too much exposure to the sun. Too much UV radiation in turn causes normal skin cells to become abnormal and grow at a rapid rate and attack tissue around them. While everyone is at risk to develop melanoma, several factors increase your risk. Some risks include the number of moles on your skin, your skin type, and family history of skin cancer.
Am I at High Risk to Develop Melanoma?
People with fair skin and lighter colored eyes (blue and green), have a family history of melanoma, or have many abnormal moles are at a higher risk to develop melanoma. Moles that may indicate a higher propensity of melanoma usually fade into the skin and have a flat part that is level with the skin.
Where Does Melanoma Usually Start?
While melanoma can start anywhere on the body, it usually starts on the upper back and legs.
Your Family, Melanoma and other skin cancers
If you have been diagnosed with melanoma, it is recommended that your family be checked on a regular basis as anyone related by blood may be at a higher risk of developing melanoma.
Suspicious marks on family members
If you think you or a family member has a suspicious mole or other mark on their skin, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to have it as well as the entire body checked. More than likely, the mark will be removed and biopsied to determine if cancer exists.
About Your Skin Biopsy
Biopsies are typically performed in our office as it is a quick procedure where the questionable mark is removed and examined to determine if it is cancerous.
What Happens After a Biopsy?
If the biopsy comes back benign (not cancerous), then the recommendation is to schedule annual full-body checks. If it is malignant (cancerous), we will discuss the results with you and recommend a course of action for melanoma treatment. It is crucial to seek melanoma treatment as the cancer with melanoma can spread to other parts of the body.
About Your Melanoma Treatment
Treatment depends on the extent of the melanoma at the diagnosis. If possible, your melanoma treatment will be done on an outpatient basis.
Is Melanoma Treatment Painful?
Melanoma treatment is typically done under a local anesthesia to numb the treatment area; however, we will discuss the procedure and what type of anesthesia is recommended.
What is the Cost of Melanoma Treatment in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach, FL?
The costs of melanoma treatment vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Our staff is happy to help you determine if your health insurance covers part or all of the costs. Additionally, we can help you with financing options for any expenses you may incur.
Additional Skin Cancer Treatments Available:
The physicians and staff at Sanctuary Medical Center provide personalized care for our Medical Dermatology patients in Boca Raton. We use the most advanced technologies in dermatology to help our patients maintain optimum skin health and restore self-confidence by revitalizing their appearance. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, contact us today to speak with our friendly staff.
It is important with Melanoma Surgery treatment to maintain good sun protection with the use of sunscreen of 50+, sun hats and avoiding the sun at the hottest times of the day.”