Skin cancer is one of the most frequent forms of cancer diagnosed in the United States. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell skin cancer (types of nonmelanoma cancer) are the most common forms of skin cancer. They are highly treatable, particularly when detected early, and usually do not spread. However, some forms of skin cancer can be malignant melanoma, a more dangerous form of cancer that can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. It is essential that individuals do monthly skin self-exams on their bodies and see a qualified dermatologist immediately if they see changes in moles or other warning signs of skin cancer. For patients in the NYC region, Penstein Dermatology has been providing expert dermatological care in New York, NY, since 2008. Dr. Adam Penstein is a highly skilled dermatologist with vast experience in detecting and treating skin changes that can indicate skin cancer or pre-cancerous growths.
Warning Signs of Skin Cancer
There are several signs of skin cancer in the body. These can include the appearance of new spots that aren’t brown, changes in the skin, a painful lesion that may bleed or itch, rapid growth of a mole or spot, a mole with a ragged, irregular border, and a spot that craters into the skin. Individuals who experience severe sunburns during childhood or have used indoor tanning beds are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer.
What is Mole Mapping?
Mole Mapping is an advanced method of skin cancer detection that is noninvasive and painless. Mole Mapping uses whole-body photography to identify and monitor changes to existing moles. Dr. Penstein will use a specialized, high-resolution medical camera to document moles on the patient. These images are stored and also given to the patient on a flash drive so they can monitor changes at home by referring to the photography images. Each follow-up exam with Dr. Penstein will include new photography so he can assess and diagnose any changes to existing moles.
Penstein Dermatology in New York, NY, recommends Mole Mapping to individuals who have multiple moles, atypical moles, moles more prominent than 2 inches, light-colored skin that burns easily, and those who have a family history of melanoma or have been previously diagnosed with melanoma. It is essential that melanoma is detected early so patients can be treated before the cancer spreads to other organs. Mole Mapping can ensure that moles are tracked so Dr. Penstein can diagnose and treat melanoma in the early stages.
Individuals in New York, NY, should contact Penstein Dermatology to make an appointment for Mole Mapping. Regular dermatological visits save lives. Please call for an appointment today. (212) 517-5171.