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