About skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common malignancy. It is reported that one in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  There are three major varieties:

The main risk factor for skin cancer is sun exposure, but not all skin cancers are due to sun exposure. Family history and immunosuppression are other notable risk factors. The risks for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma differ fro mthose for malignant melanoma. For example, a large number of nevi (sometimes referred to as “moles”) is a risk factor for malignant melanoma but not for basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma.

Skin cancer can be successfully treated when detected early. An annual full body skin exam with a dermatologist can be an important element in early detection of skin cancer.

Schedule an annual full body skin exam at SOMA Skin & Laser 973-763-7546