Dermatology Associates of Ithaca

The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment of Skin Cancer

Posted by  //  February 1, 2018  //  Local Business

3773 Luker Road
Cortland, NY 13045
P: (607) 257-1107
F: (607) 257-0369

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers with over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer treated each year and climbing. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest to cure when diagnosed and treated early. An annual full skin exam with a dermatologist is the best way to ensure you don’t become a statistic in the battle against skin cancer.

Many people are familiar with the ABCDEs of melanoma: A – asymmetry, B – border, C – color, D – diameter, E – evolution. While melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer, many people do not know there are non-melanoma types of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) that show different characteristics. Non-melanoma skin cancers are slower growing than melanoma, but when left untreated they can affect an individual’s quality of life. About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, thus, the importance of daily application of a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.

We can only see 50% of our skin, so it’s important to see a dermatologist to make sure the other 50% of your skin is monitored. A well-trained dermatologist or specialized dermatology physician assistant will use a device called a dermatoscope to look at the skin during your exam which magnifies 10x, allowing them to see possible abnormalities we may miss by just using our eyes.

Dr. Josephine C. McAllister is a board-certified, Harvard trained dermatologist who has selectively chosen and mentored her team of five Physician Assistants with a mission to make dermatologic care more accessible to patients. They are excited to welcome patients to their new office, conveniently located in Cortland at 3773 Luker Road.

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