Skin cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed and it is estimated that it will affect 1 in 5 Americans in their lifetimes. Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. It most often develops in areas of the skin that have been exposed to the damaging effects of UV rays in sunlight. Skin cancer is more prevalent in lighter skin but occurs in people of all races and skin types. There are 3 main types of skin cancer that are diagnosed: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma. Early detection is so important because, If caught early, these skin cancers can be 100% curable.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that people perform self skin examinations monthly and have a full-body skin exam by a board-certified dermatologist once a year (and more if you have been previously diagnosed with a skin cancer). Dr. Nichols of NicholsMD of Greenwich has had years of experience in detecting, diagnosing and treating skin cancers in her clients. In addition, she spends much of her time both in and out of the office educating people about important skin cancer prevention topics such as what to look for in moles, the use of sunscreen, and the dangers of indoor tanning.