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Skin Cancer Screening NYC, Detecting Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Screening

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  Most skin cancers are easily treatable, if detected early.  The key to early detection is to look for and recognize changes in your skin that could indicate potentially dangerous skin cancers.  You can play an important role in ensuring your health by conducting periodic self-examinations to detect changes in moles or other skin growths on your body.  For patients who notice such changes, or patients with risk factors for developing skin cancer, Dr. Seidenberg offers full-body skin cancer screenings in his New York office. 

At your screening, Dr. Seidenberg will assess your skin type and family history to determine your susceptibility to developing skin cancer.  Then, he will conduct a head-to-toe, full-body examination to look for any suspicious moles or growths that could indicate a cancerous or pre-cancerous condition.  Dr. Seidenberg uses a dermatoscope, a hand-held device that enables a deeper look into the skin, to aid in the diagnosis of suspicious lesions.  If cancer is suspected, Dr. Seidenberg will explain the simple, in-office procedures available to biopsy or remove the lesion.  The specimen will then be sent to a laboratory and read by a dermatopathologist.  If necessary, Dr. Seidenberg will communicate with the dermatopathologist to format a more concise diagnosis and treatment plan.  Dr. Seidenberg will discuss with you all treatment options available if further treatment is needed.  To find out more about skin cancer treatment options, visit our skin cancer treatments page.

Types of Skin Cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Most common

Rarely spreads to other parts of the body; easily treatable

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Also common Usually remains confined to skin; easily treatable
(Malignant) Melanoma Less common
Most dangerous
Can metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body; must be detected early  

Self Screening

The key to early detection of skin cancer is to know your own body and recognize changes in your skin as early as possible.  It’s vitally important that you perform periodic self-examinations of your skin to look for changes that could indicate a developing cancer.  The best way to accomplish this is by using a full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror (so you can see your back) to examine yourself after a shower, at least every few months.  While it’s important to pay close attention to those areas of your body that are exposed to the sun, you should understand that Melanoma skin cancer is due to genetics as well as sun, so it can develop anywhere on your skin, even those areas that are never exposed to the sun. When you conduct your exam, start at your scalp and work your way down to the tips of your toes and even the soles of your feet.  Use the mirrors to make sure you examine front, back and both sides of your body.  You should be looking for new moles or skin growths, or changes in any existing moles or skin growths.  If you notice any changes, including any of the symptoms described below, call to make an appointment with Dr. Seidenberg immediately. 

Call to make an appointment if you notice any of the following:
New moles
Growth in existing moles
Change in mole color
Change in mole shape
Sores that don't heal
Red, scaly skin patches that won't go away
Any change in your skin that you have questions about

Understand the ABCD of Melanoma.
Examine your moles for the following:
Asymmetry Irregular shape, not round
Border Uneven or ragged edges
Color Uneven color, including differing shades of black and brown
Diameter Enlarging Enlarging size

Mole Mapping

People with a personal or family history of melanoma, with certain skin types susceptible to developing cancer, or who have a lot of moles and skin growths may benefit from a more systematic screening routine.  In addition to a full-body screening, Dr. Seidenberg offers mole mapping to keep closer track of potentially dangerous changes in your skin. 

With mole mapping, we will set you up with a medical photographer, who will take high resolution photographs to document the size, appearance and location of your moles.  This provides a valuable baseline record to help us quickly identify changes in the number or appearance of moles and other skin irregularities.  Regular skin cancer screenings performed in conjunction with mole mapping can provide you with an important tool to help detect developing concerning skin lesions.  To find out more about skin cancer screening and mole mapping, request an appointment online or call today to set up a consultation with Dr. Seidenberg.

317 East 34th Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10016

212.421.SKIN (7546)

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