Skin Cancer

Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC

Dermatologist located in Nassau County, Hewlett, NY

Skin cancer is more common than you may know: About 1 out of every 5 Americans has skin cancer by age 70. At the practice of experienced dermatologist Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC, in Hewlett, New York, you’ll get the answers and treatment you need, without delay. Skin cancer responds very well to treatment, but a quick reaction to suspicious skin growths is vital for ideal results. Call the office or schedule an appointment online for guidance and treatment today.

Skin Cancer

What are the signs of skin cancer?

Skin cancer can have many forms, and even the same type of skin cancer can look completely different from one sufferer to another. The best way to recognize skin cancer or potential skin cancer is to look for changes in your skin, particularly moles. Watch for the following things when you examine your skin growths:

  • Increase in size
  • Changes in thickness or texture 
  • Change in borders 
  • Change in symmetry 
  • Size larger than 6mm (about pencil eraser size)
  • Scabbing, crusting, bleeding, and then returning

Any new skin growth after age 21 warrants a close look. If you notice changes in skin growths or you have new growths, don’t delay in seeing Dr. Feinsod. Skin cancer is almost always removable if you take action fast enough.

What is actinic keratosis?

Actinic keratosis, sometimes called solar keratosis, is a rough small patch of skin that can be any color from pink to brown. It can be flat or raised. Actinic keratosis isn’t skin cancer, but it’s a precancerous growth caused by sun exposure. 

Usually, it’s best to remove actinic keratosis as a precaution. Dr. Feinsod can diagnose and remove actinic keratosis with easy outpatient treatments. 

How is skin cancer treated?

There are many approaches to skin cancer treatment. Dr. Feinsod always uses the least invasive treatment option that allows the most complete cancer cell removal. After your diagnosis, Dr. Feinsod reviews all the treatment options with you so you can decide the ideal solution. 

The treatment options can include:

  • Topical creams like fluorouracil, which kills some types of cancer cells
  • Electrodesiccation and curettage, which removes cancer and cauterizes surrounding skin
  • Excision, which surgically removes the cancerous tissue
  • Cryosurgery, which freezes the cancerous growth so it dies
  • Photodynamic therapy, which combines light therapy and photosensitizing drugs to kill cancer cells
  • Radiation, which uses X-ray energy to kill cancer cells over a number of sessions

Every case of skin cancer is different, so Dr. Feinsod may recommend a combination of treatments. His goal is always finding the most effective treatment with the least downtime so you can be cancer-free as soon as possible. 

Skin cancer is treatable in most cases with early detection, so don’t wait to get help. Book online now, or call the office of Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC, for compassionate guidance and support today.