We treat one of the largest melanoma populations in New York City and invest in the most advanced technology for digitized, integrated and comprehensive screening.
Melanoma is by far the most serious and virulent form of common skin cancer that develops in the melanocyte cells that produce melanin (pigmentation) in the skin. If the melanoma is invasive and has spread to blood vessels beneath the epidermis, it can spread rapidly to internal organs and the lymphatic system, making early detection critical for successful treatment.
Actinic Keratosis & Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Actinic keratoses (or solar keratoses) develop on the surface of the skin due to extensive UV exposure and damage. They are precancerous lesions but only a number of cases develop into squamous cell carcinoma. These growths are more common among individuals with fair skin, light hair and light eyes.
Squamous cell carcinoma is found in the upper, surface layers of the skin epidermis and it is the most common lethal form of skin cancer. More people die of squamous cell carcinoma than melanoma every year. It can develop anywhere, including the inside of the mouth and the genitals, but is most frequently seen on the scalp, face, ears and the back of the hands. It can develop from actinic keratosis spots, which are scaly precancerous lesions.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
The most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma stems from the deepest layer of the epidermis by the hair follicle and sweat ducts. This is a slow-growing tumorous cancer that rarely metastasizes and is caused by an overexposure to UVB radiation. Risk factors include fair skin, sun exposure, age (over 50) and exposure to ultraviolet radiation (tanning beds).