Did you know that approximately five million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year in the United States? An annual skin screening with a board-certified dermatologist will help greatly reduce improve your prognosis. If treated early, skin cancer is 100% curable, when left untreated for too long it can affect other areas inside your body and become fatal. If you notice any new moles or any changes to existing moles on your skin, it’s imperative to make an appointment for a screening immediately.
Most Common Skin Cancers
The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Both basal and squamous cell carcinomas are found in areas that receive sun exposure, including the face, ears, chest, hands and neck, but can also appear on other areas. These types of skin cancers can present on the skin as scaly patches, red spots or red bumps that won’t disappear; flesh-hued bump, open sore that does not heal, hard red bump with scaling or crusting, or a pimple that does not heal. Melanoma is often mistaken for a mole, and in fact some moles can develop into this form of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Removal
During your appointment, one of our board-certified dermatologists will evaluate your skin to determine whether the mole or lesion in question is suspicious. Your dermatologist will biopsy any suspicious looking marks and will then send it to the lab for a reading If your results come back positive, then we will discuss your surgical options with you. At Schweiger Dermatology, we are proud to offer surgical excision, Mohs surgery and other medical treatments that safely and effectively remove the skin cancer from your skin.
Skin Cancer Spot
Early detection of a skin cancer spot on the skin can save lives. The best and safest way to look for skin cancer spots is by visiting a licensed skin care provider, such as a board-certified dermatologist or a certified physician assistant. However, there are warning signs that you should be on the lookout for at home as well. Watch out for any of the following changes to moles on your body:
- Changes in size
- Changes in color
- Changes in shape
- If it starts to bleed, itch or ooze
Skin Cancer Screenings
Annual skin cancer screenings remain the best way to safely get your body checked for any pre-cancerous lesions. We know how hectic life can get and scheduling non-critical doctor’s appointments tend to fall to the bottom of your list. In an effort to make skin cancer screenings accessible to everyone, Schweiger Dermatology Group offers Skin Cancer Screening events to businesses around the New York metro area. With this program we have created as a way for employers to offer their staff an easy and affordable way to receive a skin exam.
For more information on our Skin Cancer Screening events, email SCS@Schweigerderm.com