According to the Environmental Protection Agency, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer detected in the United States. In fact, thousands of those living in Florida will receive diagnoses this year. Unfortunately, over 600 Floridians die of melanoma every year and since 1975, the death rate among those over 50 has almost doubled.
Could You Develop Skin Cancer This Year?
Abnormal spots, moles, or freckles are the most common signs of skin cancer, however, itching and other changes on the skin are also potential symptoms. Anyone who is exposed to the sun is at risk for developing cancer, but particularly those who become burned. As its nickname implies, Florida is full of sunshine, which means it has a high prevalence of the disease. In fact, Jefferson County, FL, has the seventh-highest rate of new melanoma diagnoses in the United States.
Many different types of skin cancer exist. If you are diagnosed, you could have:
- Basal cell carcinoma. Making up about 90 percent of all skin cancer cases in the country, basal cell carcinoma typically does not spread to other parts of the body. Treatment often consists of removing the cancer with surgery, freezing, or creams. Radiation may also be used if the cancer is difficult to treat.
- Squamous cell carcinoma. The second most common type of cancer, squamous cell carcinoma can spread to other areas of the body. Typically, cancer of this kind that is found on the bottom lip is the most at risk for spreading. Treatment for this type of cancer is the same as what is used for squamous cell carcinoma.
- Melanoma. The most rare and dangerous type of skin cancer is melanoma. Surgery is typically used to remove the cancer as long as it hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes. If it has, treatment is usually unsuccessful.
Is Skin Cancer Preventing You From Working?
If skin cancer or its treatment is preventing you from being able to work, you may qualify for Social Security. The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert can answer the questions you have about it, and may be able to help you receive it.