Hello 2022! It’s a new year, but we still have the same mission: To help protect and enhance your overall health and wellness in every way possible. One way we do that is by encouraging you to schedule a skin cancer body check with us, especially if you’ve never been screened for skin cancer before. Did you know one in five Americans will be affected by skin cancer by the time they’re 70? Fortunately, most cases of skin cancer can be prevented with proper skin care and protective measures like sunscreen and annual skin cancer screenings.
At CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, you can undergo routine skin cancer body checks with Drs. Gregory Baum or Anthony Deboni. Both surgeons offer extensive experience in skin cancer detection and treatment as well as being recognized as local and regional experts in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and body. Drs. Deboni and Baum share many similar passions, one of which is preventing skin cancer. They perform total-body skin cancer screenings and recommend scheduling annual exams to ensure any skin changes are detected early.
To help keep you and your skin healthy, here are three skin cancer prevention tips:
1. Schedule regular screenings for early detection.
Why is it so important to get screened? Because when skin cancers are caught and treated early, they’re highly curable. We recommend scheduling a screening with us once or twice a year, depending on your skin and medical history. Between those annual exams, make it a habit to regularly scan your skin for any changes. You’ll likely be the first to see changes on your skin in the early stages of skin cancer development.
2. 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.
3. Get to know 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
We want to help you maintain optimal skin health in 2022 and beyond! To learn more about total-body skin cancer screenings or any of our clinically proven treatments and products, please call (315) 545-5452 or request a consultation online today.