Changing the Future of Cancer Care: Skin Cancer

The skin cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute’s Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic combine the expertise of many medical disciplines to provide you with the most comprehensive approach to screening, diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Our multidisciplinary team uses innovative technology to detect skin cancer at its earliest phase and advanced techniques for treating your specific type of skin cancer. This multidisciplinary and individualized approach leads to effective cancer treatment. 

 

anatomy of the skin

Skin cancer, the general term used when malignant (cancerous) cells form within the tissues of the skin, is the most common type of cancer. It can be found anywhere in the body, but it’s usually found on the parts of the body most exposed to sunlight, like the head, face, neck and hands. While people with light skin, hair and eyes have a higher risk for sun-related skin cancers, there are risk factors for those of Hispanic, African-American and other descents, also.

 

There are many types of skin cancer, each with specific risk factors, symptoms, prevention techniques and treatments. As a result, prognosis and treatment options vary based on each person’s own genetic makeup, location of the cancer cells and stage of the cancer. 

For a comprehensive look at the most common types of skin cancer, please click on one of the cancer types listed below:

  • Melanoma - cancer that forms in the skin’s pigment cells 
  • Basal cell carcinoma - cancer that forms in the skin’s outer layer
  • Squamous cell carcinoma - cancer that forms in the flat cells of the skin’s surface
  • Merkel cell (also called neuroendocrine) carcinoma - cancer that forms in the skin cells that respond to signals from the central nervous system

Our multidisciplinary team gathers information using the latest skin cancer monitoring and detection tools, such as Vectra 3D Whole Body Photo-Imaging and Reflectance Confocal Microscopy (RCM), a non-invasive imaging technique that uses a low-power laser, without radiation or harm to the skin, to determine whether a skin lesion needs to be biopsied, to create a personalized treatment plan for you. The team incorporates groundbreaking discoveries and collaborates with other world-renowned cancer researchers to deliver the most effective and comprehensive treatment available.

 

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