Actinic keratosis – Pre-Cancers Treatment
Dermatologists diagnose an actinic keratosis (AK) by closely examining the skin.
If one of our dermatologists finds a growth that is thick or looks like skin cancer during the exam, our doctor will likely perform a skin biopsy. Harris Dermatology can safely perform a skin biopsy during an office visit.
Basal Cancer Treatment
Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Skin cancer falls into two major groups: Non-melanoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer. If you suspect you might have Basal skin cancer, please contact one of our Naples or Fort Myers dermatologists immediately for a screening.
Cancer skin screening
The doctors at Harris Dermatology will inadvertently be screening you on most every visit. However, we encourage our patients to come up every two years for a scheduled screening.
Melanoma – Treatment
In most cases, the surgery for thin melanomas can be done right here at our Naples or Fort Myers dermatology office as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Stitches (sutures) remain in place for one to two weeks, and most patients are advised to avoid heavy exercise during this time. Scars are usually small and improve over time.
Harris Dermatology was one of the first dermatologists to bring Mohs Surgery to Southwest Florida. We are trained and proficient in this method for the treatment and removal of skin cancer. Mohs is a surgical technique that has stood the test of time. Developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s, Mohs micrographic surgery has few refinements, come to be embraced over the past decade by an increasing number of surgeons for an ever-widening variety of skin cancers.
When it comes to your health and skin cancer, it’s a good idea to be proactive and keep an eye out for dangerous moles. Moles can be linked to skin cancer. This is especially true if you have a family history of skin cancer linked to moles.
Photodynamic Light Treatment (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a medical treatment that utilizes a photosensitizing molecule (frequently a drug that becomes activated by light exposure) and a light source to activate the applied drug. Very thin superficial skin cancers called actinic keratoses and certain other types of cancer cells can be eliminated this way. Acne can also be treated as well. The procedure is easily performed here at Harris Dermatology.
A skin biopsy removes cells or skin samples from the surface of your body. The sample taken from a skin biopsy is examined to provide information about your medical condition. Either our Fort Myers or Naples dermatologists will use the skin biopsy to diagnose or rule out certain skin conditions and diseases.
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. The doctors at Harris Dermatology specialize in the treatment on all forms of skin cancer. If you suspect you might have skin cancer, please contact one of our Naples or Fort Myers dermatologists immediately for a screening.
Squamous Cell Treatment
Squamous cell carcinomas detected at an early stage and removed promptly are almost always curable and cause minimal damage. However, left untreated, they eventually penetrate the underlying tissues and can become dangerous. Any suspicious growth should be seen by one of our doctors immediately. A tissue sample (biopsy) will be examined under a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. If tumor cells are present, we will proceed to treat the cancer.
Skin cancers — including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma — often start as changes to your skin. They can be new growths or precancerous lesions — changes that are not cancer but could become cancer over time. An estimated 40% to 50% of fair-skinned people who live to be 65 will develop at least one skin cancer. Learn to spot the early warning signs. Skin cancer can be cured if it’s found and treated early. If you suspect you might have a suspicious lesion, please contact one of our Naples or Fort Myers dermatologists immediately for a screening.