What is Skin Cancer?

There are three main types of skin cancer:

  • Basal cell carcinoma is most commonly characterized by a pearly translucent bump or red patch.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma most commonly presents as a crusted or scaly patch or bump that is red.
  • Malignant melanoma presents as an irregularly shaped dark brown to black patch or bump, but can occasionally be pink or red.

Who Is a Candidate for Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is mostly caused by genetic factors and excessive ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure.

Treatments Available

Methods to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer include:

  • Avoid blistering sunburns.
  • Wear sunscreen, protective clothing and a hat outdoors.
  • Have an annual head to toe skin cancer check with a dermatologist.
  • Avoid indoor tanning.
  • Do not use tobacco products.
    There are many methods of treatment for skin cancer. Therapy depends on the age of the patient, type of cancer and location of the cancer as well as whether it is a primary or recurrent cancer.

Contact dermatologic surgeon and board-certified dermatologist Jessica Krant, founder of Art of Dermatology located in NYC, for examination and assessment of any areas on your skin of concern. Dr. Krant will explain her findings in detail and recommend optimal therapy for control and management of those affected areas.