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Skin Cancer Screenings NYC

Skin Cancer Screenings NYC The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that approximately 20 percent of all Americans will develop at least one skin cancer in their lifetime. Dr. Ostad encourages patients at his New York office to perform regular self-checks, and have professional screenings regularly.

Types of skin cancer

There are many forms of skin cancer. Some are quite deadly if not treated in the early stages. Others spread more slowly and are less likely to be fatal; however, they can be disfiguring.

Cancer may affect three types of skin cells:

  • Squamous – The flat, thin cells that comprise the upper epidermal layer
  • Basal – Round skin cells, which are beneath squamous cells
  • Melanocytes – These cells generate melanin, which is the pigment in skin. They are susceptible to one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer, melanoma.

Skin cancer screening

Often, the trained eye of a dermatologist can spot skin cancers long before you would notice, making regular screenings essential. For most patients, an annual screening is sufficient. However, if you are at high risk or have a history of skin cancer, Dr. Ostad may recommend more frequent screenings.

Generally, the screening is simple and noninvasive. If the doctor observes a suspicious lesion, it will be biopsied. This involves removing a tiny tissue sample, which is sent to a laboratory for analysis. If it is diagnosed as cancer, treatment should be scheduled ASAP.

Self-check

Between professional screenings, you should monitor your skin for changes or new lesions. The most common signs of skin cancer can be remembered as “ABCDE.” When examining a mole or other lesion, ask yourself if it is:

  • Asymmetrical in shape
  • Bordered by jagged or rough edges
  • Colored unusually or changing shades
  • Diameter larger than a pencil eraser
  • Evolving in size, shape, or any other way

Call (212) 517-7900 today to schedule your skin cancer screening.

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