Mobile, Ala. (April 21, 2023)
MAY IS SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH:
PROTECT YOUR SKIN & REDUCE YOUR RISK WITH IMPORTANT TIPS FROM LOCAL MEDICAL PRACTICE:
SUNRISE DERMATOLOGY & SKIN CANCER SURGERY CENTER
Mobile, Ala. (April 21, 2023) — As the summer months approach and more people begin to spend time outdoors, Sunrise Dermatology, with office locations in Daphne and Mobile, is urging individuals to prioritize their skin health and safety.
May is recognized as National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, an important time to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer and the steps individuals can take to protect themselves all year long. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, with more than five million cases diagnosed each year.
“Skin cancer is a serious and potentially deadly disease, but it’s also highly preventable,” said Dr. Scott Freeman, board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon with Sunrise Dermatology. “By taking simple steps to protect your skin and getting regular skin checks, you can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and catch it early if it does occur.” (photo: Scott Freeman, M.D.)
Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly found on areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, arms and hands. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but it is also highly preventable with proper sun protection and screening.
According to Dr. Ryan Ramagosa, board-certified dermatologist with Sunrise Dermatology, it was his personal experience with skin cancer that led him to pursue a career in dermatology.
“I was diagnosed with melanoma at the young age of 22 during my first year of medical school. It was among the scariest times in my life and was the number one deciding factor in my choice of specialty,” Ramagosa said. “Since my first diagnosis, I have had a second melanoma and over a dozen skin surgeries. I’ve quite literally been in my patient’s chair, and I think it helps me to empathize with them on a deeper level than some others can. I try to treat every one of my patients like they are a member of my extended family.” (photo: Ryan Ramagosa, M.D.)
In addition to both general and cosmetic dermatology, Sunrise Dermatology’s fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons, Freeman and Dr. Vernon Forrester, also treat skin cancer patients who may need reconstructive surgery at the Sunrise Skin Cancer Surgery Center located at the main office complex in Mobile.
“We opened the Skin Cancer Surgery Center in 2019 with the goal of better serving our patients by providing specialized reconstructive services that often follow skin cancer surgery in a safe outpatient surgery setting,” said Freeman, who also serves as medical director of the Surgery Center. “Here at Sunrise, what sets us apart from most other practices in our area is the comprehensive nature by which we are able to take care of so many different types of medical problems for dermatologic patients, including being able to offer Mohs surgery.”
A highly specialized technique in dermatologic surgery for treating skin cancer, Mohs surgery has a 99% cure rate even for cancers that have been previously treated using other methods.
“Like Dr. Ramagosa, skin cancer is an issue that hits close to home for me as well,” Forrester said. “Several of my family members have dealt with skin cancer over the years and that’s what really inspired me to go into dermatology. My goal is to be an advocate for my patients and to make sure they receive the treatment they need.”
(photo: Vernon Forrester, M.D.)