Skin cancer is a very common kind of cancer and can become dangerous if it isn't treated in time, but with early detection and early treatment at the hands of your New York, NY, dermatologist you can greatly increase your chances of success. You can learn more about what to look for when it comes to early signs of skin cancer by reading below and by reaching out to your local professionals at Penstein Dermatology.
The best way to ensure early treatment for skin cancer is through early detection, and the best way to achieve this is with regular checkups at your doctor's office along with self-examinations in between these visits.
Moles that can potentially become cancerous are typically identified through a popular method that follows the acronym ABCDE, which stands for asymmetry, borders, color, diameter, and evolution. Each of these characteristics is a sign that the mole or skin growth requires a more in-depth examination by your doctor.
Keep an eye out for moles that have an asymmetric shape, that is, if you were to draw an imaginary straight line in the middle of it, each side would not be a mirror of the other.
Also, examine the mole for irregular or jagged edges.
Just as with shape and border, the thing to look for is non-uniformity in the color of the mole. It can be a sign of concern if the color varies throughout.
Also look for moles that are larger than the head of a pencil's eraser, or about 1/4" or 6mm in size.
Lastly, if a mole or growth experiences changes to any of the above characteristics over the course of weeks or months, or even years, then you should consult with your doctor about it.
Skin Cancer Treatment in New York, NY
If you are interested in skin cancer treatment and live in or near New York, NY, you can schedule a consultation with a local skin expert from Penstein Dermatology by dialing (212) 517-5171.