Skin Cancer is the most prolific but also one of the most treatable cancers today. According to the American Cancer Society over 1.5 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year. “Early detection and diagnosis of skin cancer is key to obtaining curative treatment,” says Dr. Parker, New Jersey plastic surgeon. Further, he advises, “Screen yourself for potentially dangerous changes in the moles on your skin, being mindful of the ABCD’s of detection.”
The American Melanoma Foundation has developed the ABCD’s of skin cancer detection to make self-examination easier and a regular routine for all. By being aware of these important skin changes and developments, you can be alerted and see your doctor sooner for treatment.
- Asymmetry: one half of the mark is different that the other half
- Border Irregularity: the edges are notched, uneven or blurred
- Color Variation: The color is uneven or blurred.
- Diameter: Diameter is greater than 6 millimeters
Year round sun protection is a necessity. “It’s an epidemic for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. These people need to be mindful of the importance of skin protection,” says Dr. Parker of the Parker Center for Plastic Surgery, New Jersey.
The Parker Center in Paramus offers patients a comprehensive physical exam and takes a complete history if skin lesions are detected. Skin Cancer does not respond well to chemotherapy or radiation, so surgery is usually the best option. Dr. Parker treats a variety of skin cancers with surgical removal in his on-site fully certified ambulatory plastic surgery facility. “The earlier the treatment is performed, the higher likelihood to obtain a long term cure and prevent recurrence of the cancer,” says Dr. Parker.
For anyone concerned about skin lesions, skin cancer and skin care, New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Paul M. Parker offers tips, information about prevention & procedures at the Parker Center or give us a call at 201-967-1212.