Allen Sapadin, MD
Dermatologists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Hackensack, NJ
Skin cancer is a frightening diagnosis for anyone, but the good news is that most skin cancers are very treatable. By having regular skin cancer screenings and watching your skin for signs of change, you can get an early diagnosis and effective treatment. With more than 30 years of experience as a medical dermatologist, Allen Sapadin, MD, helps men and women in Hackensack, New Jersey, stop skin cancer in its tracks. Schedule an appointment online or by phone now.
What are the types of skin cancer?
There are many different types of skin cancer, but the most common are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common variety of skin cancer. It starts in the deepest skin layer and grows slowly. Basal cell carcinoma usually develops where you have sun exposure, including the face, chest, and arms. It's a very treatable type of cancer, but it's important to deal with it as early as possible.
Squamous cell carcinoma
The second most common kind of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, grows on the top layer of your skin. Like basal cell carcinoma, it develops where you have sun exposure.
Melanoma is the most dangerous variety of skin cancer, and it's the main cause of skin disease deaths today. Melanomas develop when your melanocytes, the skin cells that make your melanin pigment, undergo mutations. Melanoma may start in existing moles, or it can appear as a new growth.
The first step in dealing with skin cancer is having Dr. Sapadin examine the skin growth and determine the type of cancer. He works with you to determine the best treatment plan for your cancer.
What are the signs of skin cancer?
When you examine your skin at home, follow the A-B-C-D-E rule when looking for changes:
- Asymmetry: the two halves of your mole should be approximately even, not irregular
- Borders: borders should be smooth, not scalloped or otherwise uneven
- Color: color should be the same throughout the mole
- Diameter: diameter should be smaller than a pencil eraser
- Evolution: moles should be unchanged rather than evolving into something new
If your mole suddenly grows itchy, painful, or otherwise uncomfortable, it's important to see Dr. Sapadin as soon as possible.
How is skin cancer treated?
Dr. Sapadin prescribes treatment based on the type of cancer and your needs. Your treatment may include:
- Cryosurgery to freeze the growth with liquid nitrogen
- Topical creams
In many cases, mole excision is the best solution because it completely removes the cancerous skin cells and prevents them from potentially spreading.
Book your appointment with Allen Sapadin, MD, using the online tool or by phone for skin cancer help now.