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Skin Cancer

Written By: Dr. Susan Bard, MD

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Dermatologist in NYC Dr. Bard is an author of a book “The Laser Treatment of Vascular Lesions” knows what to look for and is best equipped to catch signs of cancer early. There are a number of treatment options available such as MOHS surgery, photodynamic surgery, cryotherapy, etc., specially if your dermatologist catches a spot in its pre-cancerous stages. Make your appointment at Manhattan Dermatology today and get the care you need in the safe, reassuring hands of award winning, the best dermatologist in NYC Dr. Bard. Skin Cancer Skin Cancer RemovalSkin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, affecting close to one in five Americans in their lifetimes. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that nearly 8,500 people get diagnosed with the disease every day. Since 1982, the incidences of skin cancer in the U.S. have more than doubled. Skin cancer isn’t a disease that affects only people with light skin who stay out in the sun too long, although that population is at a higher risk. In fact, Caucasian men over the age of 50 have the highest risk of developing the devastating condition, while men 80 years old and older are three times more likely to get skin cancer than women of the same age. Younger Caucasian women are more likely than their male counterparts to get skin cancer. Usually, when people of color are diagnosed with the disease, it’s at a much later stage. On an average day in America, one person dies from melanoma every hour. In 2016, it’s predicted that 10,130 deaths will result from melanoma alone. All symptoms and skin findings should always evaluated with a thorough consultation and physical examination for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan in order to exclude any underlying serious condition. Varying Types of Skin Cancer The two most common types of skin cancer are squamous cell and basal cell cancers. These types of skin cancer typically appear on your face, head, arms, hands and neck, the areas that receive the most sun. A third type of skin cancer, even more dangerous, is called melanoma. It’s also rampant in the U.S., but not as common. Any unusual bump, mole, spot or discoloration that changes its size or shape over a period of time is suspect. When you maintain regular check-ups with your New York dermatologist, he’ll watch for signs of skin cancer that may look like: A translucent bump through which you can see blood vessels Sores that just won’t heal Flesh-colored lesions Brown-colored lesions Either rough or smooth hard lumps Scaly, reddish patches Itchy, bleeding spots And while the areas of your skin that are exposed to the sun are at a higher risk of developing a basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell or melanoma, those aren’t the only areas that can be affected. Skin cancer can begin between your toes, on the soles of your feet and even in your eyes, which is why It’s pertinent that you undergo regular, routine checkups with a Manhattan dermatologist experienced in spotting telltale signs of cancer, especially if you fall into a high risk category, were sunburned as a child or have a family history of skin cancer. Prevention Is Key The earlier skin cancer is discovered, like many other forms of cancer, the better chance you have of beating it. Regular check-ups with your Manhattan dermatologist, practicing self-checks on your skin and not ignoring unusual spots or growths on your body will help you and your NYC skin doctor get ahead of the disease. You have a 98 percent chance of increasing your life by five years with early detection. The number one risk factor for developing a life-threatening skin disorder is exposure to ultraviolet light. Whether It’s direct exposure to the sun or in a tanning booth, you put your skin at risk of getting skin cancer and increasing the odds that a benign mole will turn malignant. The best prevention is to stay out of the sun, don’t use tanning beds and cover your skin with protective clothing and sunscreen when you are outdoors. Your NYC dermatologist recommends that you use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 and make sure your children are well-protected as well. When a child gets severe sunburn, his risk of developing skin cancer later in life increases exponentially. Read more info: https://www.manhattandermatologistsnyc.com/treatment/skin-cancer/ Manhattan Dermatology Specialists 55 W 17th St Ste 103, New York, NY 10011 (212) 378-9984 https://www.manhattandermatologistsnyc.com Manhattan Dermatology Specialists 983 Park Ave, Ste 1D1, New York, NY 10028 (212) 427-8750 https://www.manhattandermatologistsnyc.com Manhattan Dermatology Specialists 51 East 25th Street, Ste 411, New York, NY 10010 (212) 889-2402 https://www.manhattandermatologistsnyc.com

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