Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States – affecting one in five Americans during their lifetime. Unlike other cancers, the cause of skin cancer is known – with most cases of skin cancer resulting from exposure to ultraviolet rays (either from the sun or tanning beds). Those most susceptible to developing skin cancer in their lifetime include people with a family history of skin cancer, and people who have skin that burns or freckles easily, blue or green eyes and blond or red hair. When diagnosed early, skin cancer is nearly always curable – which is why early detection, early diagnosis – and early treatment — of skin cancer through annual cancer screenings is of critical importance.
There are three different types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma:
The key to treating any type of skin cancer is early diagnosis and treatment. It is very important to watch for any signs of skin cancer, which can include a new mole, an unusual growth, or sores, bumps, scaly patches or dark spots that develop and don’t go away. In addition, it is important to see a dermatologist for annual skin checks and skin cancer screenings to monitor all suspicious moles, growths and skin conditions. Dr. Ros and her team are skilled and experienced in thoroughly checking all areas of your skin to determine whether further testing and treatment is needed. In addition, our Mohs surgeon, Dr. Parth Patel, is a fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgeon and board-certified dermatologist who specializes in the comprehensive treatment of skin cancer, and has performed hundreds of successful Mohs surgeries. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is now universally recognized as the most precise method for treating skin cancers, and is especially effective in cancers of the face or in other cosmetically sensitive areas due to the fact that it can eliminate virtually all cancer cells while causing minimal damage to the surrounding normal skin.
If you are concerned with any unusual mole or lesion/growth on your body or think you may have any symptoms of any form of skin cancer, early diagnosis and treatment by a board-certified dermatologist can make all of the difference. Contact us at either our North Bergen office at (201) 255-4046 or our Clifton office at (973) 472-1000 to schedule an appointment and/or arrange for a full body skin cancer screening, or email us.