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By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
February 17, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Mole   Dermatologist  
When To See a Dermatologist for a Mole
Worried that all those years of sunbathing have caught up with you? Do you have a family history of skin cancer? If so, these might be reasons to turn to a dermatologist every year for skin cancer screenings. These dermatology screenings can help us catch cancerous lesions early on when they are highly treatable. Of course, you should also be performing your own monthly examinations, checking your skin from head to scalp, to look for skin cancer. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for,

Remember Your ABCDEs

This easy-to-remember acronym will help you spot those signs of skin cancer whenever you examine moles yourself. This is what it stands for,
  • A is for asymmetry: A healthy mole will be perfectly circular and symmetrical. If you find that half of the mole is shaped differently from the other half, this could be a sign of pre-cancerous growth.
  • B is for a border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border. If the mole has a jagged or an even or poorly defined border, it’s time to visit your dermatologist.
  • C is for color: A healthy mole will remain a singular color throughout your life. If the mole changes color or develops multiple colors this could be a sign of skin cancer.
  • D is for diameter: A healthy mole is typically smaller than a pencil eraser (under 5mm). Moles over 5mm, or larger than a pencil eraser, may be cause for concern. Large moles warrant seeing a dermatologist.
  • E is for evolving: A healthy mole will remain the same over the course of your lifetime. So, if you notice it changing at all then it’s worth having a dermatologist look at it.
Lookout for These Moles, Too

Along with remembering your ABCDEs, it’s also a good idea to look for,
  • New moles: Just because you develop a new mole doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s cancerous; however, if you start noticing any new moles developing past the age of 20 (particularly on the face, neck, shoulder, or other sun-exposed areas), this warrants an evaluation with a skincare professional.
  • Troublesome moles: Do you have a mole that bleeds, itches, crusts over, or is painful or tender? If so, the mole should be checked out.
If you have a growth that has you concerned, a skin doctor can easily examine and biopsy the growth to determine if it’s cancerous. If it is, we offer a variety of treatment options that can remove the cancerous growth and help you get back to living your life.
By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
November 15, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist  

Do you have problems with your skin? Is there an issue about your skin you would like to change? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you owe it to yourself to seek out the services of our dermatologist. Dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating skin issues.

Dr. Patricia McCormack in Staten Island, New York offers a wide range of skincare services. She has several convenient office locations in Staten Island, Linden, and Point Pleasant Beach, New York to help you.

The truth is, your skin is a vital, and overlooked part of your body. It performs protective functions like covering your vulnerable body parts. Your skin is also an important aspect of what makes you beautiful, and enhances your self-esteem and self-confidence.

There are many reasons why you might need to visit your dermatologist. These are just a few:

If you have acne, your dermatologist can offer a wide variety of acne skincare options including benzoyl-peroxide or tretinoin products, antibiotics, and laser treatment, chemical peels and other skincare treatments. If you have acne scarring, your dermatologist can help with that too!.

If you are one of the millions of aging people who would like to look younger, your dermatologist can help. One of the most popular reasons to visit your dermatologist is to take advantage of the many state-of-the-art anti-aging treatments available. Dermal fillers like Juvederm, laser resurfacing, and many other treatments can make your skin and you look younger.

If you have unwanted tattoos or excessive hair growth, your dermatologist can help give you clear, smooth skin, free of unwanted tattoos or hair, thanks to high-tech laser treatment.

Your dermatologist can also help protect you against skin cancer by checking for any abnormal tissue, growths, or moles, which could be precancerous or cancerous. If any suspicious areas are found, your dermatologist can biopsy them to determine if further treatment is needed. Prevention and early detection of skin cancer could save your life!

These are just a few of the reasons why a visit to your dermatologist is important. Your dermatologist can help you look and feel your best. To find out more about our services and how they can benefit you, call Dr. Patricia McCormack, with offices in Staten Island, Linden, and Point Pleasant Beach, New York. Call today.