As Seen in the Key West Citizen: Doctors: Heed skin cancer warning

August 06, 2014

On the heels of acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak issuing a public warning about skin cancer, 21st Century Oncology of Key West Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, Anesa Ahamad, M.D., was interviewed by the Key West Citizen regarding skin cancer prevalence in Florida. 

FLORIDA KEYS -- Upper Keys fishing guide Chuck Kitto spent his early days on the water without protecting himself from the South Florida sun.

Now after 27 years, he visits a dermatologist twice a year to make sure he doesn't need to cut any more damaged skin from his leg. Kitto says he learned his lesson about skin cancer the hard way, and now he won't take his boat out unless he is covered up. The only part of his body exposed to the sun is his hands.

Kitto, so far, has been lucky not to fall victim to the worst form of skin cancer.

Last week, acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak issued a public warning about skin cancer, describing it as a major health problem requiring immediate action. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year, with more cases now being diagnosed annually than lung, breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.

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