Miami Cancer Institute has opened a Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic, including the regions’ first (one of only 12 in the world), 3D whole body photo-imaging system designed to improve the accuracy of diagnosing melanoma and other skin cancers.
The new technology, also known as the Vectra, uses 92 cameras that take simultaneous photos of the body in one second, and then creates a 3D view of the surface of the skin. This allows the dermatologist to potentially evaluate every suspicious lesion on the skin, both by physical exam and with the use of other sophisticated technology available in the clinic.
“This photographic process is groundbreaking. It quickly gives us a detailed look at a patient’s entire skin surface,” said Dr. Jill Waibel, Miami Cancer Institute dermatologist. “It also allows us to map out and track any changes in lesions or moles. When detecting skin cancer, the sooner we can identify a problem, the better the outcome for the patient.”
The Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic at Miami Cancer Institute will focus on early detection and treatment of melanoma, in addition to treating patients with all types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, Merkel Cell tumors and other rare tumors of the skin. The program’s team of experts includes dermatologists, surgical and medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
“Skin cancer is a significant concern in Florida, as well as throughout the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Dr. Leonard Kalman, Miami Cancer Institute executive deputy director and chief medical officer. “By opening the Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic, we have all of the specialists necessary to provide comprehensive skin cancer care to patients in one convenient location.”
According to the Florida Cancer Data System, nearly one in 10 Floridians have some form of skin cancer. Studies show that one person dies of melanoma every hour, and rates of non-melanoma skin cancer have increased by 77 percent over the past 10 years. On average, it takes 12 months after noticing a suspicious mark before getting it looked at by an expert. The single most critical factor for improving chances of survival for skin cancer is early detection.