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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Those Band-Aid Days

bandage imageIt’s a familiar sight at Ocean Reef: People walking around with Band-Aids stuck here and there. So it must be dermatology day at the Medical Center!

May is recognized as National Skin Cancer Month in the hope that we all put on sunblock, hats and sunglasses, and remember to have those important yearly skin checks.

Ever wonder where squamous and basal cell cancer got their names? The skin is actually your largest organ and the epidermis (outer layer) is made up of three types of living cells:

  • Squamous cells are flat and form the top layer of living cells.
  • Basal cells are round and lie directly under the squamous cells.
  • Melanocytes are specialized skin cells that produce a pigment called melanin.

Skin cancer occurs when abnormal cells form and multiply in an uncontrolled way in the epidermis, or abnormal cells from the epidermis invade the dermis of the skin. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma are skin cancers that are named for the epidermal cells from which they develop.

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are very common in both older and younger people and are rarely life-threatening. They are often called non-melanoma skin cancers or keratinocyte cancers.

Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer due to its aggressiveness and the speed at which it grows. Melanoma can form in other places besides the skin such as the eyes and mouth, and even the gastrointestinal tract.

Dermatologist Dr. Alysa Herman will be seeing patients at the Medical Center on June 15. For further appointment dates please follow the appointment instructions on her page or call the Center at 305-367-2600.


The Medical Center at Ocean Reef
50 Barracuda Lane
Key Largo, FL  33037

Main Phone: 305-367-2600
Fax Number: 305-367-4573
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