While the prevalence and mortality of most types of cancer is declining in the U.S., one type of cancer presents a worrisome exception. Skin cancer is occurring more often and a growing number of people are diagnosed with this condition every year. In fact, today there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. Fortunately, skin cancer can be treated very effectively if it is discovered at an early stage.
As an accomplished New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Zubowski offers a comprehensive array of leading-edge skin cancer treatments. He combines various surgical excision methods with advanced plastic surgery techniques in order to minimize scars and improve the appearance of the skin. In addition, he is highly skilled at repairing aesthetic damage left after previous skin cancer surgeries.
Contrary to a popular belief, anyone can get skin cancer. This includes people who spend most of their time indoors and those with darker complexions. In fact, the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley died of melanoma skin cancer at the age of 36 due to a fatal misdiagnosis. You should regularly inspect your skin and see a doctor if you notice any changes in your moles and skin pigmentation.
People who should be especially aware of the risk of skin cancer are those with fair skin, blond or red hair and light-colored eyes. Older people are also at a higher risk for skin cancer due to a lifetime of skin exposure. Another group of people who are at a high risk are workers who spend long hours outdoors without adequate skin protection.
Skin cancer can present itself in many varieties, shapes and colors. This often makes diagnosing skin cancer very difficult. However, an early and accurate diagnosis is crucial in order to select an appropriate treatment. Some of the more common types of skin cancer include:
To learn more about these skin cancer types, please visit the Skin Cancer Types page.
Skin cancer treatment depends on a variety of factors, such as the type of cancer, the stage of the disease, the location of the timorous growth, patient’s age and overall health. Which treatment is the best for you can be determined only during an in-depth consultation with your dermatologist and Dr. Robert Zubowski. Some of the more common skin cancer therapies include:
To learn more about these procedures, please visit the Skin Cancer Treatments page.
While skin cancer usually can be completely removed during surgery, the growths can re-occur and require additional surgery. In addition, some New Jersey skin cancer patients require cosmetic surgery to address the aesthetic consequences of skin cancer surgery. Therefore, it is always best to avoid or minimize your risk of skin cancer. Even if you have spent many years tanning on the beach or in tanning beds, it is never too late to change your habits and protect your skin.
Some of the more important skin cancer precautions include:
Dr. Zubowski encourages you to schedule a personal consultation if you would like to discuss skin cancer treatments or cosmetic surgery procedures to improve the appearance of your skin after skin cancer has been removed. Dr. Zubowski will work with your dermatologist and skin cancer specialist to provide a comprehensive treatment that will remove any cancerous growths and improve the aesthetics of your skin.
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