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June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day

Woman on beach with hat and sunscreen

On June 5, scores of Americans once facing uncertain futures instead will gather with their families, friends and communities to celebrate. That’s because June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day, designed to honor those who didn’t fall victim to a dire diagnosis.

The number of people living after a cancer diagnosis and treatment in the United States increased from 7 million in 1992 to 15.5 million in 2016, and is expected to rise to more than 20 million by 2026. Those figures ultimately will reflect a growth of cancer survivors accounting for about 2.5 percent of the US population in 1992 to more than five percent a decade from now.

“When we speak with leading cancer researchers in the United States and around the world, we hear unprecedented optimism that we are on the verge of pivotal advances in oncology,” officials with the National Cancer Institute recently wrote in a media statement. “So today, as we honor the courage of all cancer survivors, we do so with a renewed hope and determination. We remain committed to changing the meaning of a diagnosis of cancer for all people.”

In the meantime, a top cancer concern is melanoma, the most common and potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Consider these statistics:

  • One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  • About 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016.
  • Melanoma will claim the lives of upward of 10,130 Americans this year.
  • Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • Melanoma affects every ethnicity, hitting an average 1 in 40 Caucasians; 1 in 200 Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 African Americans.

The top tactic for preventing melanoma and other skin cancers is to minimize your exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. But natural sunshine isn’t the only culprit. Tanning beds also are highly damaging to skin and potentially cancer-causing, so avoid them altogether. And when you do venture out into the sunshine, don protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses and wear a high-SPF sunblock. Avoid going outside between 10 am and 2pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Learn the warning signs of melanoma, including sunspots with asymmetrical shapes, irregular borders or changes in color or shape.

Most importantly, schedule regular skin cancer screenings. And if you do suspect the presence of melanoma, see a doctor immediately for a confirmed diagnosis and, if needed, MOHS micrographic treatment. To learn more and to discuss any skin cancer-related concerns, schedule a consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, South Plainfield, West New York or Staten Island.

Focus on Skincare this Men’s Health Month

Attractive man undergoing cosmetic treatment

Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? It’s a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness of common preventable health problems that America’s men and boys face. And a few of those issues begin with your skin. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tips for protecting your skin’s health and putting your best face forward.

  • Be sun-smart: Each year, some 47,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with melanoma. Upward of 6,750 of them will die. Minimize your exposure to the sun and, when you do venture out, don protective clothing, caps and sunglasses and wear a high-SPF sunscreen daily. Also, schedule regular skin cancer screenings and keep an eye out for skin spots with irregular borders, asymmetrical shapes or changing shapes and colors – all potential indicators of melanoma.
  • Take a proactive approach to anti-aging: Men increasingly are opting for cosmetic procedures once nearly exclusively the domain of women. These include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacials, Botox injections and dermal fillers. In fact, according to the latest statistics, more than 385,000 Botox procedures are administered to male patients each year.
  • Adopt a routine: Ditch the ultimately drying bar of soap, opting instead for top-shelf skincare products tailored specifically for the unique needs of men’s skin. Choose a regimen that includes a cleanser, toner and moisturizer.

Find out exactly what your skin needs with a visit to your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, South Plainfield, West New York or Staten Island.

 

Melanoma Rates Double in the US Over Past 30 Years

skin cancer melanoma

There’s news from the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – and it’s not good for sun lovers and active outdoor enthusiasts. Research shows that the rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have doubled nationwide over the past three decades and likely will continue to climb if Americans fail to adopt safer sun practices.

A recent report shows that more than 90 percent of melanomas are caused by skin cell damage from ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun and tanning beds. By far the most prevalent form of skin cancer, melanoma claims the lives of some 9,000 Americans each year – a figure that reflects one death every hour. Without increased prevention, medical experts predict melanoma rates will escalate over the next 15 years, with 112,000 new cases projected in 2030.

We here at Metropolitan Dermatology urge you to adopt these sun-safe practices to protect not only your skin but your life:

  1. Minimize your time in the sun, particularly between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  2. Skip the tanning beds. Contrary to popular belief, they’re no safer than natural sun exposure.
  3. Wear a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sun block every time you venture outside.
  4. Cover up with long sleeves and pants and a broad-brimmed hat.
  5. Don sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  6. Seek a shady spot if you’ll be outside for an extended period of time.
  7. Perform a regular skin check, noting any new moles or skin lesions or changes in the color, shape or size of existing marks.
  8. Schedule and keep regular skin cancer screenings at least once a year, more if you spend lot of time outside.

If you suspect you may have melanoma, don’t dare wait. As with any disease, early detection and treatment is critical. Call your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology office in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck, NJ or Staten Island, NY to schedule a consultation.

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Woman with sunscreen in the shape of a sun on her back.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign to spread awareness of the dangers of sun exposure – and with good reason. In2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, nearly 65,647 people nationwide were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin. Of them, 9,128 died from the disease, according to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Essentially, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.

Here in New Jersey alone, melanoma claims the lives of nearly 245 people each year. Melanoma is responsible for a full 75 percent of skin cancer deaths, and the rate of incidence in the Garden State has grown by five percent each year since the early 1990s.

To help protect your skin, Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tips:

  • Resist the temptation for that golden tan: It may look great now, but it assures that you’ll age prematurely. And no – tanning beds are not a safer way to tan. Harvard University research shows that the average tanning bed produces approximately the same amount of UBV light as the sun and upwards of three times the amount of UVA light.
  • Seek shade: Know that the sun’s damaging rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm.
  • Cover up: Long-sleeved shirts and pants or long skirts offer the most protection. But of course, the heat sometimes makes this impractical. So, don a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with that cute sundress or swimsuit.
  • Slather on the sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for protection from both UVA and UVB radiation. Be sure to apply sunscreens 15 minutes before venturing outside and reapply every two hours or more often if you’re physically active or otherwise prone to perspiring.
  • Use extra caution near water, sand or snow: Know that these surfaces reflect the sun’s rays and can significantly boost your chances of developing a sun burn.
  • Get your daily vitamin D: Adopt a healthy diet and take high-quality vitamin supplements.
  • Get checked: Early detection can dramatically reduce your risk of death from skin cancer, which makes regular skin cancer screenings a must. Most people should get screened at least once a year – more if your job or lifestyle means lots of time outside.

New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology offers thorough skin cancer screenings and treatments, including the highly specialized Mohs micrographic surgery procedures. Schedule your next screening today by contacting us in Clark at 732-574-1399; in Kearny at 201-997-8008; in Teaneck at 201-837-3939 or in Staten Island, NY at 718-448-4488.


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Metropolitan Dermatology Locations

1075 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
732-574-1399
Clark NJ location servicing Edison, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Scotch Plains, & Cranford, NJ

757 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-3939
Teaneck NJ location servicing Hackensack, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn, Englewood, and Bergenfield, NJ.

703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
201-998-4699
Kearny NJ location servicing Jersey City, Nutley, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, and Hoboken, NJ. *Formerly 752 Kearny

1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-4488
Staten Island NY location servicing all of New York City!

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-792-4500
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
908-941-2227
South Plainfield, NJ location servicing Plainfield and Edison.

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
201-861-4226
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ

469 Morris Ave. Ste 2
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
908-512-7900
Elizabeth, NJ location servicing Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Hillside.