Happy New Year! Our mission at CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery is to protect and enhance your health and vitality in every way possible. To help you kick off the New Year on the right foot, we feel compelled to ask: When was the last time you were screened for skin cancer? If your answer is “never” or “can’t remember,” then it’s time to come in and see us for a skin cancer body check! Skin cancer is alarmingly common, affecting one in five Americans by the age of 70. Fortunately, most cases of skin cancer can be prevented with proper skin care and protective measures like sunscreen and annual skin cancer screenings.
Did you know that you can undergo routine skin cancer body checks with Drs. Gregory Baum or Anthony Deboni? Both surgeons are not only recognized local and regional experts in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and body, but they also offer extensive experience in skin cancer detection and treatment. Both Drs. Deboni and Baum are passionate about preventing skin cancer. They perform total-body skin cancer screenings and recommend undergoing annual exams to ensure any changes in your skin are caught early.
To help you maintain optimal skin health, here are a few more skin cancer prevention tips:
● Early detection is key.
When caught and treated early, skin cancers are highly curable. Your first step is scheduling a screening with us once a year. Between your annual exams, get into the habit of regularly scanning your skin for any changes. In the early stages of skin cancer development, you’re the one with the best chance to see changes.
● See a doctor right away if you see something NEW, CHANGING or UNUSUAL, including:
○ A growth that increases in size and appears pearly, transparent, tan, brown, black or multicolored.
○ A mole, birthmark or brown spot that increases in size, thickness, changes color or texture, or is bigger than a pencil eraser.
○ A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab or bleed.
○ An open sore that does not heal within three weeks.
● Learn the ABCDE’s of melanoma.
A – Asymmetry: One half is unlike the other half.
B – Borders: Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border
C – Color: Varied from one area to another (shades of tan or brown, black, red, white or blue)
D – Diameter: Diameter of 6mm or larger (size of a pencil eraser)
E – Evolution: Looks different from the rest, or is changing in size, color or shape
In addition to helping you maintain optimal skin health, the skin care experts at CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery have clinically proven treatments and products to help enhance the beauty and youthful radiance of your complexion. To learn more about achieving your best skin health in 2021, please call (315) 663-0112 or complete a consultation request form today.
During this New Year, your health and safety remain our top priority. Please be assured that our devoted team will continue to take every precaution to ensure your safety while we continue to navigate the pandemic together. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have!