Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most diagnosed type of cancer in the United States, with an astounding one in five Americans developing some form of skin cancer by the age of 70. Early detection and swift treatment are the key to obtaining a positive prognosis. For example, when detected early, the 5-year survival rate of melanoma is 99%. The three most common types of skin cancer are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) develops in the middle and outer layers of the skin and is most often a result of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. SCC is most likely to develop in areas commonly exposed to the sun, including the back of the hands, face, neck, lips, and scalp.

Common signs of SCC include:

  • A firm, red nodule
  • Flat sores with scaly crust
  • Red sore on the lip or inside of the mouth

Squamous cell carcinoma can be treated surgically or by other methods. Common surgical procedures include surgical excision and Mohs surgery. Our Board Certified Dermatologists are the experts in skin cancer treatment and are happy to develop a customized treatment plan for your skin cancer.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. Because this is a slow-growing cancer that is often isolated to a single area, early detection and treatment leads to an extremely high rate of cure.

Common signs of BCC include:

  • Open sores
  • Red patches or pink lesions
  • Growths with elevated, rolled edges and a central indentation

Frequently used treatments for BCC are cryotherapy, Mohs surgery, and excision. Depending on the type and location of the BCC, our Board Certified Dermatologists will help you determine the best treatment for you.


Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer due to its ability to spread to other parts of the body. This type of cancer owes its name to the melanocyte cell from which it develops. If caught early, treatment can lead to a very low rate of recurrence or metastasis.

Common signs of Melanoma include:

  • Growing or new mole on the skin that changes shape or color
  • A brown or black streak under fingernails
  • A mole that is itchy, bothersome, or bleeds

Treatment for melanoma is influenced by where the cancer is in its development process. In early stages, surgical excisions can be effective in removing the cells from the skin. In later stages, your doctor might recommend lymph node surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.

Are You in Need of Skin Cancer Treatment in St. Petersburg, Florida?

When you go to a doctor for skin cancer treatment and screening, you want to know that you are receiving the best and most skilled treatment possible. Our Board Certified Dermatologists at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser provide the highest quality care for skin cancer detection and treatment.

“My patients want to look and feel their best at any age. I love that I can help them achieve that by combining state-of-the-art technology, the latest medical evidence, and my advanced skill set and artistic eye”

Dr. Kat Kesty

Founder Of St. Petersburg Skin and Laser