Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and affects many people each year. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with skin cancer or you’re at risk, it can be overwhelming and you may not know how to start understanding what you’re dealing with. Your dermatologists at South Nassau Dermatology in Oceanside, Levittown, and Long Beach, NY, can answer some frequently asked questions about skin cancer and help inform you about everything you may want to know dealing with skin cancer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Skin Cancer
Q. What types of skin cancer are there?
A. There are three main types of skin cancer and the type you’re dealing with will depend on where it originated in your body. The most common form of skin cancer is Basal cell carcinoma, and this occurs in the deepest layers of your skin. Next is squamous cell carcinoma. This form of skin cancer originates in the upper layer of the skin. The least common but most dangerous form of skin cancer is melanoma. This often is found inside of existing moles, which is why it’s so important that you’re checking your moles on a regular basis.
Q. What are the common signs of skin cancer?
A. Each form of skin cancer comes with its own symptoms, but one thing you can look out for is irregularities in your skin. If you notice that there are lesions or spots on your skin that didn’t exist before, you may want to talk to your dermatologist in Oceanside, Levittown, and Long Beach, NY, to test for skin cancer.
Q. How can you prevent skin cancer?
A. The easiest way to prevent skin cancer is by avoiding direct sunlight. You should be sure to avoid peak sun hours and cover up as much skin as possible when you do need to go in the sun. Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen anytime you go outside.
Contact Your Dermatologist Today
Contact your dermatologists at South Nassau Dermatology in Oceanside, Levittown, and Long Beach, NY, to ask any further questions you may have about skin cancer. Call today for more information and to schedule an appointment at (516) 766-0345 for the office in Oceanside, NY, (516) 520-5280 for the office in Levittown, NY, and (516) 432-7124 for the office in Long Beach, NY.