According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 people develop skin cancer by the age of 70. However, if it is detected in the early stages, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99%. Dr. Anthony S. Dee is a dermatologist at the Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Clarence, NY where he provides treatments for skin cancer.
Types of Skin Cancer
- Basal cell carcinoma: The most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma looks like scars or sores.
- Melanoma: The most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma looks like a misshapen mole.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: This type of skin cancer affects the upper layer of the skin. Typically, it has the appearance of crusty or scabby patches on inflamed skin.
Treating Skin Cancer
Buffalo residents have the following treatment options for skin cancer:
- Cryosurgery: This non-invasive procedure involves the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove skin cancer tumors on the skin’s surface. It is typically used to treat pre-cancerous lesions.
- Mohs surgery: This procedure has a 98% success rate for the treatment of squamous and basal skin cancer. A dermatologist will remove the cancer tumor one layer at a time while being careful to preserve the surrounding healthy tissue.
- Radiation therapy: Using high-powered beams of radiation energy, radiation therapy is a valuable option when tumors cannot be completely removed by surgery.
- Chemotherapy: This treatment uses a combination of drugs to combat cancer. If skin cancer is confined to the upper layer of the skin, chemotherapy agents can be applied topically.
- Radiotherapy: This is a relatively new procedure for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers. The non-invasive procedure involves the use of high-frequency ultrasound to destroy skin cancer.
If you live in or around Clarence, NY, and would like to find out more about skin cancer treatments, contact Dr. Dee at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment.
Is it time to see a dermatologist for treatment?
Some skin problems can be treated through simple over-the-counter remedies and lifestyle changes; however, sometimes it’s a good idea to visit our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist Dr. Anthony Dee for a proper diagnosis or evaluation. A dermatologist can treat a full range of conditions and diseases that affect the skin, hair and nails. Here’s when you should seek medical attention from a qualified dermatologist,
Severe, Cystic Acne
While mild breakouts can often be controlled through healthy diets and acne-fighting products from your local drugstore, if you are dealing with deep, cystic acne on your face or body then it’s time to visit our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist. Severe forms of acne require more aggressive treatment that you won’t find over the counter. Plus, by treating this problem early we can even prevent acne scars.
Most rashes are self-limiting and will go away on their own; however, it’s important to recognize when a skin rash may be a result of something like ringworm. If you notice a rash that is severely itchy, painful, continues to spread or is circular with elevated borders it’s important that you consult with your skin doctor.
Red, Itchy Patches
If you develop itchy, red, inflamed patches of skin on your body you could be dealing with eczema or psoriasis, to common chronic skin problems. While these conditions are not curable, your dermatologist will be able to reduce flare-ups by helping you determine your triggers and by providing medication and other skin treatments.
We all have moles on our body, and it’s important to continue to monitor them throughout our lifetime. Healthy moles will stay relatively the same in appearance; however, suspicious or cancerous moles will often change color, size or shape or may even start to ooze or bleed. It’s important that you are performing self-examinations every month as well as visiting our dermatologist once a year for a skin cancer screening.
Wrinkles and Lines
While our dermatologist is happy to address any dermatological issues you may be dealing with, this also includes cosmetic issues such as age spots, wrinkles and fine lines. If you want to smooth away wrinkles and lines, we offer a variety of ways in which to do this including Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing.
Are you looking for a dermatologist in Buffalo, NY, that can provide you with treatment for acne, psoriasis or other skin problems? If so, call Dermatologic Center for Excellence at (716) 636-3376 to schedule a consultation.
Start practicing good skincare now to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US and, according to Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the East Coast has the highest rates of skin cancer and Buffalo’s skin cancer prevalence rate is higher than the national average. So, what can Buffalonians do this summer, and all year long, to protect against skin cancer? Our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist Dr. Anthony Dee can help.
Always wear sunscreen
It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny, raining or snowing out, you need to wear sunscreen. Looks can be deceiving but UV rays can still bounce off puddles, mounds of snow and through clouds to damage your skin. This is why every day you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of at least 30.
Know how to apply sunscreen properly
Most people don’t know how much sunscreen to apply or how often to reapply. Practicing good sunscreen habits will ensure that you are doing your best to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. Make sure that you apply about one ounce of sunscreen to your body and your face about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating. Need a sunscreen application tutorial? This video tutorial from the American Academy of Dermatology is helpful.
Avoid Tanning Beds at all Costs
No amount of tanning is healthy, whether you only hop in the tanning bed for a couple of minutes at a time or you only spend 15 minutes outside without sunscreen. Any amount of UV light exposure can be harmful to your skin. Be smart!
Always Stay Under the Shade
Seek shade as much as possible throughout the day, especially during the hours of 10 am-4 pm when the sun’s rays are their most potent. We understand that you may be longing to sit outside to eat lunch or you just can’t wait to escape for a weekend beach getaway, but you can still enjoy the warm, sunny days under an awning or beach umbrella (and your skin will thank you).
When was the last time you saw your Buffalo, NY, dermatologist for a skin cancer screening? If it’s been more than a year, or if you’ve never been screened before, it’s a good time to do it. Call Dermatologic Center for Excellence today at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment.
Treating acne at home can be a very frustrating experience. Drugstore acne products may fail to clear your skin, leaving you to wonder if you'll just have to learn to live with acne. Fortunately, your Buffalo, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, of the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, offers several effective acne treatments.
Medications that keep your pores clear
If over-the-counter topical medication hasn't helped your acne, you may benefit from a prescription for a stronger topical medication. Tretinoin, adapalene and tazarotene prevent your pores from being clogged by debris and natural skin oils by increasing skin cell turnover.
Your dermatologist may recommend combining prescription topical medication with oral or topic antibiotics if you continue to experience breakouts. Antibiotics kill the p. acnes bacteria on your skin, reducing pimples.
Oral contraceptives not only prevent pregnancy but can be helpful if you're a woman who has hormonal acne. The pills reduce the amount of sebum you produce. The natural oil keeps your skin moist and supple. Unfortunately, if you produce too much of it, it may clog your pores and cause acne.
Isotretinoin may be an option if you have severe cystic acne that hasn't improved after using other treatments.
Treatments that slough away the outer layers of skin
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels performed in our dermatology office help you improve your complexion by removing acne lesions and shallow scars in the outer layers of your skin. During microdermabrasion, a handheld device is used to gently exfoliate and suction skin cells. Chemical peels involve applying a solution to your face that causes the skin to peel a few days later.
Light therapy offers an innovative way to treat acne
Exposing your skin to blue and red light may also help treat your acne. Blue light shrinks your oil glands and kills p. acnes bacteria, while red light promotes healing, reduces redness and improves the appearance of acne scars.
Improve your skin with a visit to your dermatologist Dr. Dee of Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Clarence, NY and serving the Buffalo area. Call the office at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment.
It’s important to be able to recognize the early warning signs of skin cancer.
Most of us have moles all over our bodies and faces. While these common skin growths aren’t often a cause for concern, changes in the appearance of your moles could be a major warning sign of skin cancer. Accordingly, it is very important to know when it's the proper time to turn to our Buffalo, NY, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, to have the mole checked.
When it comes to understanding the early warning signs of skin cancer, one simple strategy includes memorizing your ABCDEs:
- “A” is for Asymmetry: Half of the mole should match the other half in color, size, and shape. If a mole is asymmetrical, this could be a sign of melanoma.
- “B” is for Border: Healthy moles have a clear, visible and perfectly defined border, while cancerous moles are more likely to have blurry, poorly defined and jagged borders.
- “C” is for Color: Moles can range in color (most are medium to dark brown) but they should only be one color; moles with multiple colors, including shades of pink, red, blue, and black could be an early warning sign of skin cancer.
- “D” is for Diameter: Most moles should be no larger than the size of a pencil eraser. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that large moles are cancerous, most melanomas are larger than a pencil eraser.
- “E” is for Evolving: Healthy moles stay relatively the same over the years; therefore, any significant changes in the appearance of a mole warrant a checkup.
You should be performing self-skin exams every month, making sure to check your skin from head to toe. Along with these monthly exams, you should visit our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist once a year for a professional full-body skin cancer screening. During this examination, we will be able to look over each mole and pinpoint suspicious growths or changes that you may overlook during a self-exam.
After all, our team knows exactly what to look for when it comes to changing or troublesome moles. Those who are at an increased risk for skin cancer may want to come in more than once a year for screenings.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
When was the last time you had a full skin cancer evaluation? If you’ve never had one before or if it’s been more than a year, call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, today at (716) 636-DERM (3376) to book an appointment with your dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee.
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