Skin Cancer

Safe & Effective Treatment Combined with Compassion & Understanding at Our New Jersey Area Practice

At South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center, we understand that a skin cancer diagnosis can be life-changing. Beyond the removal of skin cancer at our New Jersey practice, we treat the individual as a whole—from diagnosis to removal and post-cancer skin care. As our practice specializes in cosmetic dermatology, our team strives to make every effort to minimize the visibility of scars inherent in any skin cancer-related surgery.

Our team of caring professionals takes a compassionate approach to skin cancer treatment, taking the time to listen and thoroughly respond to all questions and concerns. At South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center, we are there for you throughout every stage of your diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.

Dr. Robin Levin is a board-certified dermatologist with a specialty in cosmetic dermatology. To learn more about diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer in New Jersey, click here to schedule an appointment at South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center and we will get in touch with you shortly. If you prefer, you may also contact us directly at 856-810-9888.

About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the skin. There are three main types of skin cancer that account for almost all diagnoses of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. In addition to these, there are other rarer types such as Merkel cell carcinoma, Kaposi sarcoma, and cutaneous lymphoma.

The largest risk factor by far for skin cancer is UV exposure through sunlight and tanning beds. Risk can increase with cumulative sun damage and a history of blistering sunburns. Other risk factors include having fair skin, aging, a personal and/or family history of skin cancer, and immune-suppressive medications.

While skin cancer can occur at any age, it is more likely to develop in individuals aged 50 or older. Most skin cancers develop in sun-exposed parts of the skin, such as the ears, nose, neck, scalp, chest, back, and limbs. Melanoma can also occur in less-exposed areas of skin, such as the buttocks, groin area, and between the toes.

Read more about non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

The most common types of skin cancer are non-melanoma, and include basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Both first develop from the respective basal or squamous cells in the top layer of skin (epidermis). As they grow, however, they can penetrate more deeply into the skin, invading the dermis.

BCC or SCC can first appear as a new bump or growth on the skin, which may be pink and scaly, or waxy, scar-like, or shiny. The bump may bleed or scab without any external cause, or look like a pimple that persists over several months.

If left untreated, non-melanoma skin cancers can spread to larger areas of skin, causing pain, bleeding, and possible disfigurement. However, if detected early, they are easily treatable, and typically stay localized to the skin and do not spread to other parts of the body.

Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma skin cancers derive from the pigment-producing cells in the skin known as melanocytes. This type of skin cancer is less common, but can be more aggressive than non-melanoma skin cancers. Melanoma has a greater risk of invading other parts of the body, and can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early enough.

As it can spread more rapidly, early detection of melanoma is crucial to effectiveness of treatment. Melanoma can appear as a new growing mole, or an existing one that is changing. Typically, such moles stand out from other moles.

It is possible in many cases to spot skin cancer and treat it early. Even rapidly growing skin cancer, whether melanoma or non-melanoma, can be removed effectively when detected early.

Warning Signs of Skin Cancer: When to See a Dermatologist

It is important to us that you are knowledgeable about what skin cancer could look like. You may find a cancer yourself by noticing a mole that begins to change; a patch of skin that begins to feel rough, dry, or scaly; or even a new growth or bump that develops.

You know your skin best, and are in the best position to spot anything that looks out of the ordinary. We can help you learn how to detect abnormalities so that you can be proactive about your health and request an appointment with one of our providers.

"ABCDE" is an easy way to remember what the warning signs may be. These five signs include:

  • A for Asymmetry: A mole's shape can signal the presence of cancerous cells. While some lesions may look symmetrical or neatly rounded, the rapid and uncontrolled growth of cancerous cells is more likely to lead to asymmetrically shaped ones.
  • B for Border: The border or edge of a precancerous lesion is often less defined than that of a benign mole. Sometimes, the lesion can resemble a stain spreading across the skin.
  • C for Color: Moles, even if they are not brown or black, typically have an even distribution of a single shade and color. Watch out for any moles that appear to have multiple colors or shades - these can often look like a mesh of varying blacks, browns, reds, blues, or even whites.
  • D for Diameter: While moles can vary greatly in size and shape, one that is larger than six millimeters in diameter or across could be cause for concern.
  • E for Evolution: A mole that starts to evolve or change (in size, shape, color, texture, or other aspects) can indicate a growth or multiplication of cells due to cancer.

A thorough skin examination by an experienced, board-certified dermatologist can help in the discovery of growths that may have gone unnoticed by patients, or occur in areas that are challenging for the patient to view. Annual skin exams are recommended after the age of 50.

Some patients may need to start regular skin exams at an earlier age if they have a family or personal history of skin cancer, or if they have other risk factors.

Your Health Matters

At South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center, we encourage our clients to schedule a full body skin exam every year. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, total body examinations cut melanoma deaths in half. Additionally, it is important to practice adequate sun protection measures and limit excessive sun exposure and the use of tanning beds.

Dr. Robin Levin and our team are highly knowledgeable about skin cancer and are experts at skin cancer removal in New Jersey. We will develop a treatment plan for you, making every effort to minimize the visibility of scarring. If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, contact South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center to learn more about our treatment program.

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Meet Dr. Levin

Meet Dr. Levin

Board-certified Dr. Robin Levin and her team at South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center provide a comprehensive service offering of clinical and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Dr. Levin or request a consultation today!

Treatment

Specific techniques and procedures are used to treat skin cancer at our New Jersey practice. The treatment plan will depend on the type and location of your cancer, the stage of the cancer, and your overall health.

Depending on your specific cancer, a surgical or non-surgical method may be advised. These can include excision, prescription creams, electrodessication, curettage, radiation, or Mohs surgery. You will have an opportunity to discuss any recommended procedure and treatment plan during your appointment.

Additional Treatments Available at South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center

At our practice, we also provide a wide range of treatments to minimize post-cancerous scarring or for other skin conditions, including laser treatments, fillers (to fill in hollowed or recessed scars), and other aesthetic treatments. You will find the spa-like atmosphere of our new, state-of-the-art facility a welcoming and caring environment for all your skin care needs.

Call South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center at 856-810-9888 to learn more about skin cancer treatment in New Jersey, or click here to schedule an appointment.