Skin Cancer Screening
Skin Cancer awareness is a very important part of dermatology care. Skin cancer knows no age, race, sex or lifestyle. Certain factors like age, diet, and lifestyle habits, like sunbathing, may be contributing factors, but it can still happen to anyone. Therefore, it is very important to understand Skin Cancer prevention and make use of skin cancer screenings at Jackson Dermatology.
Skin cancer has become the most common form of cancer in the United States. A recent increase in tanning and sunbathing, has caused Americans to be exposed to UV radiation at a far greater rate. And UV radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can occur from a number of different places, the most common of course being from the sun. However, other common areas of UV exposure are unnatural means, such as tanning beds, and certain artificial UV lights. When skin cancer occurs, it can be both devastating and debilitating for patients, especially in the latter stages when left untreated. Therefore, early detection is an absolute must. At Jackson Dermatology we offer our patients some of the best Skin Cancer Screenings NYC has available today. We take special care to ensure we monitor suspicious growths, moles, and lesions on our patients.
Skin Growths and Lesions.
The skin is the largest organ on the body, and we must be careful to monitor it closely. Any day suspicious lesions and harmful moles, growths, or warts can pop up, without any warning signs. And it can be quite difficult or nearly impossible to tell the difference between benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) skin growths.
Abnormal cancerous cells are identified by 3 basic categories:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomas are generally less severe forms of cancerous cells, and make up over 90% of all skin cancer diagnoses. They are causes by exposure to UV radiation of long periods of time. However, melanomas are the dangerous type and generally lead to close to 80% of all skin cancer fatalities in the US, as well as the world. These can be caused by a set of severe sunburns.
If these cancerous cells are left untreated, they can spread to other organs at a rapid pace and become far too difficult to contain. If you believe you may have any suspicious skin blemish, irritation, skin growth, lesion, mole or wart; it is best to get a cancer screening immediately. It can be the difference between life and death in many cases.
Biopsy and Early Detection
At Jackson Dermatology, if you have a suspicious mole or growth it must be tested immediately. One of the best methods of testing is by far the skin biopsy. During a skin biopsy we will use a scalpel or surgical knife to cut a cross section of the growth and check it for cancer. If it is cancerous then treatment is needed as well as immediate removal of the growth.
Generally, all skin cancer is highly curable if detected and treated early. That’s why it is paramount to have your growths tested without hesitation, and schedule your next skin cancer screening immediately.
The most common warning signs involve new, suspicious growths or lesions. Patients should be weary of growth with the following characteristics.
- Assymetry: The growth is not even on both sides.
- Border: Irregular, or indistinct border
- Color: If the color is varied and inconsistent.
- Dimension: Changes in size and dimensions.
- Elevated patch of skin. If the patch is raised above the surrounding skin.
If you or your loved one sees the presence of an abnormal mole, growth or skin tag be sure to contact Jackson Dermatology as soon as possible. Early detection can help immensely in the treatment of cancer.