Skin Cancer Facts: More than 600 Floridians die of melanoma every year!

  • Utah, Vermont and New Hampshire have the highest rates of skin cancer.
  • Texas, Alaska and New Mexico have lowest rates of skin cancer.
  • Men had 160% more cases of skin cancer than women.
  • Nationwide, nearly 44,000 people died from skin cancer over a four-year period.

Florida Skin Cancer (Melanoma) Facts:

Increasing melanoma detection remains a national cancer goal for the US, and future identification of underlying causal factors for higher screening rates in Florida could inform intervention strategies in the other US regions.

Florida has the second highest incidence of melanoma in the United States, with an estimated 5260 new cases in 2011. More than 600 Floridians die of melanoma every year; since 1975, the number of deaths among residents older than age 50 has almost doubled (

How Does the Orlando Dermatology Center treat Melanoma?

Dr. Vitaly Blatnoy, the orlando dermatologist performs a special surgery designed to remove the skin cancer cells without causing more damage than necessary. This procedure is called Mohs Surgery. It began as a technique called chemosurgery, developed by Frederic E. Mohs, MD, in the late 1930s, but was not widely known. In the mid 1960s, Perry Robins, MD, studied the procedure with Dr. Mohs, and recognized that it had great potential for the field of dermatology. He brought the technique to NYU, where he established the first fellowship training program to teach dermatologists this skin cancer surgery. Dr. Robins helped advance the procedure into what is now called Mohs surgery and went on to teach and promote it around the world.

The main advantage of Mohs Surgery for the removal of skin cancer is that it is 99% effective!

Orlando Dermatologist, Dr. Vitaly Blatnoy, uses the world’s most advanced technology to treat melanoma including the SRT-100 laser. The benefit of Mohs surgery is that it is 99% effective in removing skin cancer cells, is relatively painless, and cost-effective.

The surgery is very precise and the dermatologist will examine 100% of tumor margins while sparing healthy tissue and all the lab work is done on-site. Mohs Surgery has the highest cure rate for skin cancer surgery. The procedure is done in stages, all in one visit, while the patient waits between each stage. Dr. Vitaly Blatnoy will remove a layer of tissue and examine it in an on-site lab. The Orlando dermatologist will then remove the tissue while sparing any healthy skin. He repeats this process until no cancer cells remain.

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