Naples Dermatology PA​


4085 Tamiami Trail North Suite B203, Naples. FL, 34103 ​​

Dr. Scott A. Ross MD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology​​

Skin Cancer

Skincancer occurs when skin cells start growing abnormally, causing cancerous growths.  The main cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet radiation from the sun and most skin cancers develop in sun-exposed parts of the skin.  In addition to sun exposure, family history may also play a role.   Fair skinned individuals are especially susceptible. 

Three Most Common Types of Skin Cancer:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma - (BCC) comes from the basal cells in lowest part of the epidermis. 80-85% of skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma - (SCC) comes from the skin cells (keratinocytes) that make up the upper layers of the skin. It is either in Situ (only superficial and in the epidermis) or more invasive, extending deeper through the skin.  About 20% of skin cancers we see are SCC.  It is more common in the elderly.   Skin cancer may often be preceded by lesions called pre-cancers. The most well-known of these lesions is called actinic keratosis (AK).
  • Melanoma - comes from skin cells called melanocytes, which create pigment called melanin that gives skin its color. Approximately 1% of all skin cancers we see are melanoma. Although less common, melanomas are a very dangerous type of skin cancer and if not caught early can result in death.

Signs & Symptoms: 

  • A sore that comes and goes but never completely heals
  • A shiny, bump or nodule, especially if it appears pearly or translucent.  It may show blood vessels on the surface or central depression or ulceration
  • A patch of skin that is red or irritated and may bleed 

The best protection against skin cancer is to minimize sun exposure and use a broad spectrum sunscreen.

  • Avoid tanning beds.
  • Cover yourself with sun-protective clothing.
  • Examine your skin from head to toe regularly. 

Most cancers are highly curable when caught early and regular examination in our office is recommended.