Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and it is becoming even more common. Over the last forty years, rates of skin cancer have increased by more than 200%, and they’re growing even faster among younger people. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most treatable forms of cancer. With early detection and treatment, skin cancer can be effectively treated and cured.

Office Examinations

Performing self examinations, paired with routine in-office skin cancer screenings is a necessary part of your regular health care regime. We recommend annual routine skin examinations for people who do not have a history of skin cancer. If you have had a non- melanoma skin cancer, we recommend having your skin checked by a dermatologist every six months. If there is a history of melanoma, we suggest more frequent skin examinations every three to four months. When you come in to our office for your routine skin examination, one of our practitioners will examine the skin over your entire body, looking for suspicious growths, moles, or lesions. The examination is performed using a bright light and a magnifying lens. The scalp is examined by parting the hair. A dermatoscope may be used to see spots on the skin more clearly. If a biopsy is performed, your results will typically come in within 3 to 7 days. You will receive a call from our office letting you know the results and your treatment options if necessary.


Perform regular self-examinations between visits with your dermatologist to become familiar with your skin. If you notice anything changing, growing or bleeding on your skin, make an appointment immediately for a full-body skin examination.

When performing a self-examination, remember your ABC’s and check the following:

Asymmetry: If one half of the mole appears unlike the other half.

Border: If the border of the mole is irregular, scalloped or poorly defined.

Color: If the color of the mole varies from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue.

Diameter: Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm which is comparable to the size of a pencil eraser.

Evolving: If a mole or a skin lesion looks different from the rest, or if it is changing in color, shape or size.

Treatment Options

As part of a dermatological exam, your doctor will check your skin for bumps or spots that are unusual in color, size, shape or texture. If an abnormality is detected, a small skin sample is removed for lab testing. This biopsy is required to provide an accurate diagnosis.

The right treatment plan depends on many factors, including skin cancer type (basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma, etc.), size (smaller or larger mass), how far it has spread, location on the body, number of cancerous spots, and family and personal histories.

Once a diagnosis has been made, Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery offers advanced treatment options for the treatment of skin cancer.

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38162 Medical Center Ave
Zephyrhills, FL 33540
2625 Executive Park Dr, Suite 7
Weston, FL 33331
Venice Health Park 
1295 Jacaranda Blvd.
Venice, FL 34292
Tampa Palms 
15310 Amberly Dr, Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33647
Sun City Center 
1007 E Del Webb Blvd, Suite 101
Sun City Center, FL 33573
St. Petersburg 
2299 9th Avenue N, Suite 1D
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Pembroke Pines 
603 N Flamingo Rd, Suite 350
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
9015 US Highway 301 N
Parrish, FL 34219
North Port – Commons 
14840 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
North Port – Bobcat Village 
2481 Bobcat Village Center Rd, Suite 101
North Port, FL 34288
Naples – North 
1015 Crosspointe Dr.
Naples, FL 34110
Naples – Downtown 
261 9th St S
Naples, FL 34102
Naples – Colonial Square 
1108 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N.
Naples, FL 34102
Naples – Central 
9125 Corsea Del Fontana Way, Suite 100
Naples, FL 34109
Formerly Bowes Dermatology
Mercy Professional Building Suite 6008
3659 S Miami Ave, Suite 6008
Miami, FL 33133
Marco Island 
950 N Collier Blvd, Suite 303
Marco Island, FL 34145
Lakewood Ranch 
8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Suite 260
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Fort Myers – West 
9400 Gladiolus Dr, Suite 320
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Fort Myers – South 
7331 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Fort Myers – The Forum 
3268 Forum Blvd, Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33905
19527 Highland Oaks Dr, Suite 201
Estero, FL 33928
406 N Indiana Ave
Englewood, FL 34223
1122 Druid Rd E
Clearwater, FL 33756
Cape Coral – Surfside 
2366 Surfside Blvd, Suite C111
Cape Coral, FL 33991
Cape Coral 
413 Del Prado Blvd S, Suite 101
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Bonita Springs 
25987 S Tamiami Trail, Unit 90
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Boca Raton – East 
200 Glades Road, Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Bay Harbor Islands 
1111 Kane Concourse, Suite 100
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
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