Dermatologist in New York, NY provides tips on how to spot skin cancer

Diagnosed in over 5.4 million people annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma are all forms of skin cancer, each with different levels of severity and invasiveness. Each is treatable when caught early. All skin types and tones, all age groups are susceptible to this danger. Located in New York, NY, Dr. Ariel Ostad encourages early detection and education on how to spot skin cancer.

Use the ABCDE rule for skin checks.

Skin cancer is visible. Routine skin checks should be part of your personal health regimen. Changes can occur quickly. Detecting the changes early is a key for successful treatment. The earlier skin cancer is found, the better the chances of treating it. When assessing your own skin, use the ABCDE rule.

  • Asymmetry – The two sides of your mole should match meaning the mole is symmetrical. If they do not, the mole is asymmetrical and should be checked.
  • Border – Irregular or bumpy borders are a sign of skin cancer. A benign mole has smooth edges. A cancerous one has uneven borders.
  • Color – Regular moles are evenly colored, generally a shade of brown. Malignant moles may contain a variety of colors in shades of brown, tan, or black. A mole that is red, white, or blue is dangerous as well.
  • Diameter – A benign mole is small and should be no larger than a pencil eraser. Anything larger than 6mm should be checked by a physician.
  • Evolving – Watch for changes in existing moles as well. Benign moles do not change but malignant moles may change in size, shape, or color.

If you notice any changes in your skin including existing moles or if you have already received a skin cancer diagnosis, contact Dr. Ariel Ostad. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Ostad specializes in skin care. He offers treatment options including Mohs surgery to remove skin cancer cells. Call our office today for an appointment. (646)798-9494


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