By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States but there is hope for the millions of people who are diagnosed every year.

According to Dr. Terry Pynes “This year has been the biggest year yet in my practice of people getting melanoma starting in January up to now the number of cases have almost increased two or three times over what it was last year.”

Skin cancer usually develops in the top layer of your skin appearing as a bump, nodule or irregular patch of skin that may change over time. Dr. Pynes states “The sooner you get to the skin cancer the better. That's particularly important in a melanoma.”

If left untreated, skin cancer can continue to grow into deeper layers of the skin and in the most advanced stages may spread. By protecting yourself in the sun and avoiding excessive sun exposure you greatly decrease your risk of skin cancer.

Dr. Terry Pynes also states that “Tanning beds over the years, they've been around enough to cause a lot of damage and then also people have different lifestyles even though in the past they worked out in the fields, they covered up a lot more than people do now so now with recreational activities, people get a lot more sunshine starting at an earlier time in life.”

Although skin cancer may not painful, the treatment program may have painful side effects. Here in the Wiregrass there is a state of the art pain management treatment facility to help both during and after treatment.

According to Dr. Jerry Marsella, Jr., “We're unique in that we basically offer a full service, if you will, of medication management, invasive therapies. We do some fairly aggressive implantable therapies.”

Skin cancer may occur anywhere on the body. Any changes in the color, texture or feel of a patch of skin may be a precancerous and should be examined by a dermatologist.

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