Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

POSTED ON THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017 AT 3:40 PM  by Dr. Jody Levine

May is Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Skin cancer is one of the most widespread cancers, affecting millions of people each year. Skin cancer can stem from genetics, overexposure to the sun, excessive tanning, and environmental factors. Often, skin cancer can be efficiently treated if caught early. It is important for patients to have a board-certified dermatologist examine any atypical moles or suspicious growths. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC, our dermatologists can properly diagnose and treat different types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Perhaps the most effective way to reduce your risk of skin cancer is to limit and monitor your sun exposure. You should always apply sunscreen (even on cloudy days) and try to cover up your skin under long sleeves or a hat if you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time. Eliminating tanning at tanning booths is another way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, as tanning beds deliver harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays to the skin.

Skin Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

Patients are encouraged to self-check for any atypical moles, especially those that change in size, color, or shape. Moles that bleed or have irregular borders, as well as scaly or crusty patches of skin, should be examined by a board-certified dermatologist. Cancerous growths can be surgically removed and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Types Of Skin Cancer

There are many different types of skin cancer, ranging from cancers that are easily treated and rarely spread (basal cell carcinoma) to more severe forms (melanoma). Below is an overview of some of the more common skin cancers.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

The most common form of skin cancer

Usually a lump or patch that is flesh-colored

Rarely spreads to the rest of the body

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The second most common form of skin cancer

Usually a red patch or bump

Slow-growing and may spread to adjacent areas

Melanoma

Most serious form of skin cancer

Usually dark brown in appearance

Can spread to other areas or organs and may develop anywhere

Actinic Keratosis

Precancerous lesions that can lead to skin cancer

Usually a scaly or crusty patch

Can become cancerous if not treated

 

NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about skin cancer treatment. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!

 

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