The successful treatment of skin cancer requires early detection and intervention. Dr. Rachel R. Kushner Dermatology provides skin cancer screenings and evaluations of any suspicious lesions, so if you have skin cancer, treatment happens quickly and effectively. Call the Franklin Square or Farmingdale, New York, office, or schedule an appointment using the online tool today.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What should I know about skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer, with more than one million cases occurring in the United States each year. One in every three cancer diagnoses is for skin cancer.

Skin cancer may appear as:

  • • Basal cell carcinoma
  • • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • • Melanoma

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma have a high cure rate when detected early. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer and can spread quickly to other organs, so early detection and resolution is an absolute must.

Many cases of skin cancer are also very preventable. Sun exposure is the most common cause of skin cancer. So, by limiting your exposure to the sun, you reduce your likelihood of developing the condition. This is especially true if you have a family history of skin cancer.

What is a skin check?

Skin checks are a critical way to detect skin cancer early. This visual exam of your skin looks for moles, birthmarks, or lesions that seem irregular in their shape, texture, size, or color.

You can regularly check your body for the sudden appearance of growths, moles, sores, or skin discolorations. Also, pay attention to any existing moles or freckles that change in appearance.

Dr. Rachel R. Kushner Dermatology provides skin checks that examine you from head-to-toe. Your provider can examine areas that are hard for you to check yourself, such as your buttocks, back, and between the toes. If you see anything concerning, bring it to your provider’s attention immediately.

What are the treatments for suspicious skin lesions?

Treatment depends on the nature of your skin lesion. Moles, for example, aren’t usually harmful unless they start to change in size, shape, or color. If you do have a suspicious area, your provider performs a biopsy to see if it is indeed cancerous.

For cancerous lesions, Dr. Rachel R. Kushner Dermatology offers a number of treatment options. These include surgery, radiation therapy, and topical chemotherapy. Your provider customizes treatment according to the particular type of cancer you have and its location and severity.

Who is at risk of skin cancer?

Anyone of any skin type can develop skin cancer, but some people are more prone than others. These include people who have:

  • • Blonde or red hair
  • • Light skin tone
  • • Light-colored eyes
  • • Family or personal history of skin cancer
  • • A large number of moles
  • • Skin that burns or freckles easily

Most people benefit from yearly skin checks. If you have a history of skin cancer or have several risk factors, Dr. Rachel R. Kushner Dermatology may recommend them more frequently.

If you’re ready to schedule your skin check for skin cancer, call Dr. Rachel R. Kushner Dermatology or book an appointment online.


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