• Skin cancer screening

    on Mar 10th, 2017

1 in 5 American are diagnosed with skin cancer

Why is a skin cancer screening so important?

A skin cancer screening is crucial for proper skin care maintenance and cancer prevention. An adult has roughly 20 square feet of skin, which is the largest organ of your body. The skin has many roles, including temperature regulation, protection from the environment, and sensation (touch, hot, cold etc).  There’s definitely a lot of surface area and anywhere on your body, an issue can arise. 

What is a skin cancer screening?

Skin cancer screening is a thorough inspection of your skin by a dermatologist and takes approximately 15 minutes.  In fact, 1 in 5 Americans develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and skin cancer is the most common cancer.  $8.1 billion is spent on skin cancer treatment every year! Many assume skin cancer derives from prolonged exposure to the sun and only develops in areas exposed to the sun; however, this not always the case regarding skin cancer. Believe it or not, Bob Marley was diagnosed with melanoma—it was found under his toenail. There are three main types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.  

What happens if a dermatologist believes there may be a skin cancer diagnosis?

If I suspect skin cancer based on the clinical evidence, I will take a biopsy. The biopsy is sent to a dermatopathologist—a specialist—for evaluation.  The dermatopathologist examines the specimen under a microscope in order to make a diagnosis of skin cancer. If malignant skin cancer is determined, treatment is based on the type of skin cancer and placement on the body. 

Dr. Craig Austin is the founder of Cane + Austin and practices dermatology at Cane + Austin Medi Spa in New York City. 

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