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By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
July 18, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mohs Surgery   Skin Cancer  

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, find out why surgery may be the number one treatment option.mohs surgery

If one of our Panama City, FL, dermatologists, Dr. Robert Siragusa or Dr. Charles Kovaleski, has recently diagnosed you with skin cancer, then you may be feeling on edge and concerned about how to treat your skin cancer effectively. If we’ve mentioned Mohs surgery you may be wondering more about this surgery and how it can benefit your skin.

What is Mohs surgery and why do I need it?

This procedure is one of the most effective ways to treat different kinds of skin cancer. While there are other skin cancer treatments out there, Mohs surgery offers a high efficiency rate and also preserves more healthy tissue than other treatments. Mohs surgery may be recommended if:

  • The cancer is widespread
  • The cancer is in a delicate or difficult-to-treat area that requires as much skin preservation as possible
  • The cancer has returned after undergoing other skin cancer treatment
  • The cancer is growing quickly

What should you expect from the procedure?

Before you undergo this procedure it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with what will go on when you come in for treatment. This way, you can address any questions or concerns with our Panama City skin doctor before we even get started.

While this is considered a surgery, it’s performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. This means the skin will be completely numb and you won’t feel anything but you will be awake. Once the area is fully numb, we will remove the first layer of the tumor. The sample will be examined under the microscope to check for the presence of cancer cells.

We will continue to remove one small layer of the tumor after another until there are no cancer cells present in the sample we collect. While Mohs surgery can take a bit longer than other skin cancer treatments, it’s a great way to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible, which also means a less extensive recovery period.

What should I expect after surgery?

Once the tumor has been removed, we will talk to you about reconstructive options for repairing the area to make sure that the skin looks as normal as possible. We will also discuss the best ways to care for your skin as it heals and when you’ll need to come in for a follow-up.

Do you have questions about Mohs surgery? Need to schedule your annual skin cancer screening? Then call Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City, FL, today.

By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
December 02, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer   nutrition   skin care  

According to the National Cancer Institute, doctors diagnosed almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer just during the year 2016. Knowingnutrition your skin cancer risk factors and actively taking charge of reducing them can help prevent your risk of skin cancer. One way to do this is through your diet. Learn more about reducing the risk of cancer through your diet with Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City, FL.

Your Diet and Your Skin
The condition of your skin tends to reflect the condition of your body. Similarly to your body, taking care of your skin often begins from the inside out with the foods you eat. Some foods like carrot, pumpkin and cantaloupe contain carotenoids, which help protect the skin against sunburn and wrinkling. The high levels of antioxidants found in tea can also help slow the breakdown of the skin’s chemicals like elastin and collagen.

Protecting Your Skin
The best way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is to know which precautions to take before stepping foot outside. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunblock with at least 30 SPF on exposed skin and reapply every two hours. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses helps protect your facial skin and eyes while wearing long-sleeved, tightly-knitted clothing helps keep the sun off of the rest of the body. See your dermatologist regularly for skin checks. This gives your doctor the opportunity to spot pre-cancerous or cancerous symptoms in their earliest and most treatable stages.

Skin Cancer Treatment in Panama City, FL 
Skin cancer treatment almost always involves a procedure to remove the cancerous cells from the skin. Depending on the size and severity of the cancerous area, your doctor may remove it after using a simple local anesthetic. More advanced cases will require surgery and, if necessary, chemotherapy to eliminate the cancerous cells.

For more information on skin cancer prevention or treatment, please contact Dr. Robert Siragusa and Dr. Charles Kovaleski at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in the Panama City, FL area. Call (850) 769-7546 to schedule your appointment with your dermatologist today!

By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
July 15, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Are you concerned that a change in a mole or a new spot may be an indication of skin cancer? Robert Siragusa, M.D. and Bret Johnson, M.D., your Panama City, FL, dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, are here to share several common skin cancer signs.Skin Cancer

Skin cancer signs

If you have skin cancer, you may have one of three types: melanoma, basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma. You'll find common signs for each type below.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Signs of squamous cell carcinoma may include a small, rough, red knot or lump on your skin, or a scaly, crusty patch of reddened skin. These cancers often develop on the hands, face or ears.

Basal cell carcinoma

You may also notice a bump on your skin if you have basal cell carcinoma, but the bump will be waxy or pearly. Other possible signs of basal cell carcinoma include a brown lesion that looks like a scar or a flat lesion that is the same color as your skin. These cancers may bleed if you bump them or may eventually begin to ooze. Basal cell carcinomas are common on the head, neck and chest.


Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can develop anywhere on your body. Melanoma signs include:

  • Moles that develop irregular, rough or blurred borders
  • Moles that are irregularly shaped instead of round
  • A change in mole color
  • Moles that are larger than the eraser at the end of a pencil
  • Sores that don't heal
  • Itchiness or pain in a mole
  • Change in the texture of a mole
  • Bleeding or oozing
  • Redness or swelling surround a mole

When should I see my dermatologist?

If you notice any of these potential skin cancer signs, make an appointment with your Panama City, FL dermatologists. If they think the spot or mole is suspicious, your dermatologist will perform a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous. Skin cancer is treated by removing the mole or lesion and any surrounding cancerous tissue. In some cases, chemotherapy, radiation, photodynamic, biologic or targeted treatments may also be needed.

Contact Your Panama City, FL Dermatologist

A visit to your dermatologist is the best way to determine if a mole or lesion is cancerous. Call Drs. Siragusa and Johnson, your Panama City, FL, dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, at (850) 769-7546 to schedule a skin cancer examination.


By Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center
March 14, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Mohs Surgery   Skin Cancer  

Removing every trace of skin cancer is the key to preventing recurrences of this deadly disease. The Mohs surgical technique allows mohs surgerydermatologists to precisely target only the areas of the skin affected by skin cancer. Robert Siragusa, MD, Charles Kovaleski, MD, and Bret Johnson, MD, your Panama City dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, answer a few questions about the surgery.

What's different about Mohs surgery?

Traditional surgery for skin cancer involves removing not only the cancerous skin but a significant area of healthy skin surrounding it. During a Moh's surgical procedure, your dermatologist removes cancerous skin one layer at a time and uses a microscope to confirm that every trace of the cancer has been removed. This innovative technique not only improves the cure rate but also results in a smaller scar.

When is Mohs surgery recommended?

Mohs surgery is commonly used to treat basal and squamous cell skin cancer your head, face, necks, hands, feet or genitals.

What happens during surgery?

After you receive a local anesthetic to numb your skin, your doctor will remove small areas of the tumor layer by layer and examine each layer under a microscope before removing the next layer. When he no longer sees any evidence of cancer, surgery will be over. If the surgical site was small, no stitches may be needed. Larger sites may require stitches or skin grafts.

How long does recovery from Mohs surgery take?

Most people don't experience much pain after Mohs surgery. If you do experience pain, acetaminophen can help you feel more comfortable. Some scarring is inevitable, although thanks to the skin-sparing techniques used in Mohs surgery, your scar will be smaller and less noticeable.

Are you concerned about a mole or spot on your skin? Call your Panama City Dermatologists Drs. Siragusa, Kovaleski and Johnson at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City at (850) 769-7546 and schedule an appointment today.