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Posted by Century Medical & Dental Center (Flatbush) on 05/25/2020

Melanoma


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Skin cancer is deadly disease, and melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer. Since your skin is the largest organ of your body, you need to protect it to guard against skin cancer. Melanoma develops in stages. If you catch it early enough, your dermatologist at Century Medical and Dental Center can treat it relatively easily. But if you wait, melanoma is much more difficult to cure and requires more invasive procedures. So if you suspect you have early symptoms of melanoma, call for an appointment today!

The color of your skin is predetermined by the cells — called the melanocytes — that produce melanin. Found at the bottom layer of your skin, the melanocyte cells cover your body, since skin is the largest organ in humans. Melanoma is the type of cancer that develops in these cells. It’s the most dangerous kind of skin cancer.

Like many cancers, the exact cause of melanoma isn’t definitively known. Your best Brooklyn dermatologist at Century Medical and Dental Center suspects some contributing factors, such as the ultraviolet radiation from the sun and tanning beds. Limiting your exposure to the sun and avoiding tanning beds helps reduce your risk of developing melanoma.

Symptoms of Melanoma

Although melanoma can develop anywhere on your body, it often shows on your legs, arms, back, or face, as these areas are more often exposed to the sun. You should monitor areas that don’t normally see sunlight as well. You can even develop melanoma on the soles of your feet, the beds of your fingernails or the palms of your hands, especially if you have naturally darker skin.

Danger signs of melanoma include changes in the appearance of an existing mole. Normal moles share similar characteristics like uniformity in color and size — they’re usually smaller than a quarter inch, the size of a pencil eraser. Melanoma can appear as an area of new or differently pigmented skin, but changes in moles often indicate the need for a doctor’s visit at Century Medical and Dental Center, a multi-discipline practice where a number of specialists can confer with one another.

While melanomas vary significantly in appearance, the differences are spelled out, from A through E:

  • A stands for Asymmetrical Shape. If one side of a mole changes and becomes irregular in shape, keep a close watch on it.
  • B stands for Irregular Border. A notched or scalloped border indicates cause for concern.
  • C stands for Changes in Color. If you notice a growth with many colors or showing an uneven shading of color, point this out to your dermatologist.
  • D stands for Diameter. If a mole starts growing, exceeding a quarter inch, mention the changes to your Brooklyn skin specialist.
  • E stands for Evolving. Changes in color, size, shape or itchiness indicate an area of suspicion. If your mole starts to bleed, get it checked out soon.

Read more: https://www.centurymedicaldental.com/melanoma/
For more information about the Century Medical & Dental Center, please contact our Downtown Brooklyn office by number (718) 522-3399 ; Flatbush office (347) 627-3988 ; Gravesend office (718) 336-8855.

Century Medical & Dental Center
Downtown Brooklyn:
200 Livingston Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-3399
Working Hours:Monday: 8 am - 9 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 9 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 9 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 9 pm
Friday: 8 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 6 pm
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Century Medical & Dental Center
Flatbush:
770 Flatbush Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11226
(347) 627-3988
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Brooklyn, NY 11223
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