Submitted by: Associates in Dermatology, Featured Provider, One Senior Place Senior Resource Library

Dermatologist examines a mole

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. These rates are skyrocketing in the U.S., where more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. Since 1975, the skin cancer death rate among Florida residents over age 50 has doubled!

Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.*

Skin cancer is a malignant condition that begins with the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Recent studies show that skin cancer can result as an accumulative effect from sun damage (90% in the case of nonmelanoma skin cancers). This is also why skin cancer rates among baby boomers are escalating.

Melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers (Melanoma causes more than 75% of skin cancer deaths), but when CAUGHT EARLY is almost always curable. A melanoma is typically a dark mole. Check for changes in the number, size, shape and color of pigmented areas.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most frequently occurring skin cancer, with an estimated 2.8 million cases diagnosed every year in the US. Though they are generally easily treated, BCCs tend to keep growing if untreated, and in rare cases can start to spread. A BCC tends to be pearly looking, sometimes with rolled borders. The signs to look for are also an open sore, a shiny bump, a reddish or irritated patch or a white, yellow or waxy scar-like area.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most frequently occurring skin cancer. Every year, about 700,000 SCC are diagnosed in the US. Most are easily treated, but if not removed, some can metastasize and spread to distant tissues and organs, becoming life threatening. They are often pink and scaly, a wart-like growth/open sore with irregular borders, that crusts and occasionally bleeds, persisting for weeks.

Actinic Keratoses (AK), pre-cancers, are often an early stage in development of skin cancer and can turn into SCC if left untreated. It is an abnormal growth of keratinocytes, the skin cells that make up the top layer of the skin (epidermis). AKs are small (usually grow from 1/8” -1/4” or +) crusty or scaly patchs, often red, or a combination of colors. It sometimes itches, is inflamed and occasionally bleeds.

*Facts provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation and American Academy of Dermatology.

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ASSOCIATES IN DERMATOLOGY

Established for over 25 years, Associates in Dermatology has now grown to 12 locations to meet the growing demand for advanced skin cancer treatment. It has become the leading skin cancer practice in Central Florida and accepts most health plans. Each office has a staff of dedicated, caring professionals including board-certified physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and paramedical clinical estheticians.

Dr. Steppie, the president and medical director, is a board-certified physician who has completed residencies in internal medicine, dermatology and dermatologic surgery.   He has been honored with multiple awards from the AMA (American Medical Association). In 2012, he received The “Physician of the Year” Award and in 2014, The Patient’s Choice Award for the third consecutive year as well as the Top 10 Doctor Award, from Vitals, for Dermatology Specialists in the Orlando area.

The practice specializes in:

  • The treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and of excessive sweating
  • Surgical excision of benign moles, skin tumors, cancers, lesions and tags
  • PUVA & UVB phototherapy for psoriasis and eczema
  • Photo-Dynamic Therapy for pre cancers, acne and acne scarring

Cosmetic Dermatology Services are performed in a number of our 12 locations: 

Botox® & Fillers • Laser Facial Rejuvenation • Skin Tightening • Intense Pulsed Light • Medical Strength Chemical Peels • Acne / Electrocautery / Sclerotherapy / Electrolysis Treatments