Skin Cancer Screening NYC – Causes and Symptoms

The vague signs of cancerous development of skin cells make diagnosis of this ailment difficult. Health statistics show that there are more cases of skin cancer than any other type of cancer in the United States.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

Read through the common causes of skin cancer, and how you can detect them.

Causes

Sunlight exposure

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) have identified that UV exposure plays a key role in developing skin cancer.

Most of us are exposed to the long-length rays of Ultraviolet-A many times a day, which penetrate deeper into outer layers of the skin.

Tanning

This source of short-term, quick tans emits Ultraviolet-B rays, which practically assaults the skin with radiation, not only exposing the skin to UV rays more intense than those of sunlight, but also decreasing the efficiency of immune system.

Immuno-suppressors

The medication prescribed to counter autoimmune diseases such as HIV, or to prevent the rejection of organ transplants can leave the immune system defenseless—increasing the probability of skin cancer.

Being informed of the kinds of damage each causes to the skin is critical to understanding the best way to protect yourself.

Chemical contact

Any individual working, or even living, in environments containing harsh chemicals such as arsenics and hydrocarbons, is likely to develop skin cancer over long periods of exposure.

Regardless of whether you are exposed to the causes—even if you take precautions against something as extensive as sunlight exposure—there is no definitive assurance that you are safe from skin cancer.

Detection

Knowing the signs and going for a skin cancer screening in NYC can prevent skin cancer from advancing.

Skin cancers types and appearances

Actinic Keratosis (AK) – appears as scaly red to brown patches or bumps

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) – develops on part of skin with a history on exposure to the sun (face, ears, hamds;  in pink growths that develop into shiny bumps and open sore, as well as scar-like appearance.

Melanoma – “the most lethal form of skin cancer”, has a variety of colors: flesh-colored to pink/reds to purple and black. The most identifying sign is its unevenness of shape. Melanoma progresses rapidly to internal organs.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) – tends to develop in fair-skinned, middle-aged to elderly people.

Take action!

A pre-emptive measure goes a long way towards prevention and cure of skin cancer. At Dermatology and Laser Group, we have some of the top dermatologists in NYC providing minimally invasive screening, and surgical treatment of skin cancer.

Contact us today to get an appointment with our skin specialists.