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Water’s Edge Dermatology Offers Complimentary Skin Cancer Screenings in May for Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Date:5/6/2013

r-in-law died of melanoma.”

Surgery is the best way to remove early melanomas, with later stages usually requiring more extensive treatment, such as radiation and chemotherapy. Mohs surgery saves the greatest amount of healthy tissue, appears to reduce the rate of local recurrence and has the highest overall cure rate — about 94 percent to 99 percent — of any treatment for squamous cell carcinoma. And generally, Mohs surgery is 98 percent or better for basal cell carcinoma, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

“As the old saying goes, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’” says Dr. Platzer. “Say no to tanning beds and always wear sunscreen. And, if you live in sunny Florida, it is critical to have regular skin cancer screenings—and there’s no better time than this month, while we’re offering screenings for free.”

Many of Water’s Edge Dermatology clinics are open Saturdays and late during the workweek. To make an appointment, visit http://www.WeDerm.com and fill out the online appointment form, email info(at)WeDerm(dot)com or call 561-694-9493 for more information.

Side Bar: Water’s Edge Dermatology recommends the following tips to have fun in the sun and reduce risk for skin cancer at the same time:

  •     Generously and regularly apply water-resistant sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. Make sure the sunscreen is labeled as “broad-spectrum,” indicating it protects against ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming or sweating—and use it year-round.
  •     Use extra caution when taking sun-sensitizing medications or are near water, snow and sand. Some over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofe
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