Maiden Lane Medical
Dermatologists located in New York, NY
If you’re concerned about skin cancer, and more specifically melanoma, get it checked out immediately. The doctors, at Maiden Lane Medical in New York City trained at one of the best skin cancer centers in the country and can diagnose and treat your skin lesions. If you live in the metro New York area, call or book an appointment at the midtown Manhattan location for a dermatology consultation.
What is melanoma?
Melanoma is a malignancy of the pigment-producing cells in your skin called melanocytes. It’s the most serious type of skin cancer due to its fast-growing, invasive nature. If caught early, though, melanoma is highly treatable.
The doctor diagnoses melanoma after a biopsy of the suspicious pigmented lesion.
What does melanoma look like?
Knowing how to identify melanoma may help you get treatment early. The doctor recommends you follow the ABCDEs of melanoma.
- Asymmetry of a mole; one half looks markedly different than the other
- Border is irregular or poorly defined
- Color varies within the mole, both light and dark
- Diameter of your mole is greater than a pencil eraser
- Evolving; the mole has changed in shape or size or looks different from other moles on your body
The pigmented lesions may bleed or be itchy. You may also experience some pain at the site of the lesion.
If you think you may have melanoma, call Maiden Lane Medical right away for an evaluation.
It’s important to do skin checks regularly to monitor your moles for changes. Take pictures if necessary to help you keep track.
What causes melanoma?
Ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds cause melanoma. There are a number of factors that may increase your risk of melanoma, including:
- Light skin, green or blue eyes, or red or blonde hair
- Medical conditions such as history of certain cancers or weakened immune system
- Genetic predisposition
- Already have oddly shaped moles or more than 50 moles on your body
How is melanoma treated?
Treatment of your melanoma depends on how deeply the pigmented lesion has penetrated your skin. If caught early, the doctor may be able to surgically remove the lesion.
If the lesion has penetrated other parts of your body or grown deeply into your skin, you may require additional treatments such as:
- Chemotherapy or radiation
- Target cell therapy or immunotherapy
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with melanoma or not, you should follow safeguards to protect your skin from cancer, including sunblock, protective clothing, and avoiding tanning beds that use UV light.
If you’re concerned about a mole or would like to have a skin screening for melanoma, call Maiden Lane Medical or book an appointment at the midtown Manhattan location.