The ABCs of Skin Cancer Detection

The ABCs of Skin Cancer Detection

Detecting skin cancer is one of the most important services our dermatologist in New York, NY performs. Early detection is essential and making the decision to see a dermatologist should be made as quickly as possible. The dermatologists of Penstein Dermatology have the experience in the detection of skin cancer that their patients require.

Melanoma is one type of skin cancer, it is most likely to result in death. Our dermatologist in New York, NY, will use the ABCs of detection as an indicator that the skin lesion in question is cancerous, and beyond that is melanoma Early detection is the best way to have a positive result making it essential that you know the ABCs and use that knowledge in your self-examination.


One thing that will be quite obvious about a skin lesion that is asymmetrical is it is not the same on each side, If you drew a line down the center, both halves would be different. Most common moles and freckles are round or oval and both halves look the same.


When a mole is melanoma, the edges will not be smooth, they may be notched or scalloped. They will be obviously not as smooth as other moles or skin lesions.


The most common moles that you will see on your skin will be all one color of brown. If you see multiple colors of brown or black on one mole, this is a warning sign that you need to have it looked at. You may see other colors as well such as blue or red.


It goes without saying that you want to notice anything out of the ordinary when a lesion is as small as possible but if a mole has grown to a size that is larger than the eraser on a pencil, it is a cause for concern.


If you notice a mole that is changing, whether it is size, color, or shape, this is a cause for concern. Give your dermatologist a call if you notice these changes or if a lesion gets crusty or itchy.

When you are in need of a dermatologist in New York, NY, you can count on the team at Penstein Dermatology to provide the early detection and treatment for skin cancer that you need. To make an appointment, call our office today at (212) 517-5171.

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