Skin cancer is shockingly common today. In fact, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than every other type of cancer combined. While this is scary, there’s also hope: Skin cancer is usually very treatable. The team of experienced dermatologists at Manhattan Dermatology offers regular skin cancer checks, diagnosis, and effective treatment when needed. Schedule an appointment at one of the two convenient Midtown East locations in New York City through the online tool or by phone.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most frequently occurring kind of skin cancer. This type of skin cancer develops due to sun exposure or indoor tanning lamp exposure. Basal cell carcinoma usually looks like a small pink or pearly-white bump, but it can also resemble a mole. The majority of basal cell carcinomas grow on the face, the neck, or the arms.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common kind of skin cancer. It develops after overexposure to UV rays. Squamous cell carcinoma usually grows on the face, ears, scalp, and hands. Squamous cell carcinoma usually grows in flat patches or slight lumps, and it's usually brown or red in color.
Although melanoma is the least-commonly occurring of all skin cancers, the number of yearly melanoma diagnoses has gone up by over 50% in the last decade. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
As with other types of skin cancer, melanoma is usually caused by sun exposure. Melanoma often develops inside an existing mole. If that happens, the mole will grow larger, change colors, or change shapes. Sometimes, melanoma is a new mole, typically brown or black in color. Although melanoma is serious, it's also treatable if diagnosed early enough.
If you have a suspected skin cancer growth, your dermatologist will do a skin exam followed by a biopsy. A biopsy, a quick procedure in which your doctor will take a small cell sample for testing, is the most reliable way to diagnose skin cancer.
Treatment options include:
Surgical removal of the entire growth is done as an outpatient procedure.
Precise incremental removal of the cancer is performed by Mohs surgeon Dr. Wendy Long.
Radiation may be helpful for moles that keep returning after removal, or for cancerous moles that have a high chance of recurrence.
Even with effective cancer treatments available, prevention reigns supreme. The Manhattan Dermatology team highly recommends yearly skin cancer checks to diagnose and treat cancer as early as possible.
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