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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.

 

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Do You Know the Risks?

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

May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, a nationwide initiative designed to spread the word about the ever-increasing rates of skin cancer and importance of early detection. Of top concern is melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. Despite continuing research and advancements in treatment technology, the rate of melanoma diagnoses has risen each year over the past three decades in America.

Consider the statistics:

  • One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  • Upward of 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016.
  • Melanoma will claim the lives of upward of 10,130 Americans by year’s end.
  • Though it’s most prevalent in Caucasians, Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • Melanoma affects an average 1 in 40 Caucasians; 1 in 200 Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 African Americans.
  • The risk of melanoma increases with age, but the disease can strike at any time.
  • Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults age 20-39.
  • Before age 45, melanoma risk is higher for women; after age 45 the risk is higher in men.
  • Both natural sun rays and artificial rays generated by tanning beds can contribute to the development of melanoma.

Risk factors for melanoma include sun exposure and tanning bed use; atypical moles; fair, freckled skin and light colored hair; a weakened immune system; age; and a personal or family history of melanoma or other skin cancers. Early detection is by far your best bet for catching and effectively treating melanoma, and getting regular screenings is proven to boost early detection of the disease by 30 percent.

Don’t wait. As the summer temperatures rise and people spend more time enjoying the great outdoors, the risk of developing skin cancer also rises. Protect your health and life by scheduling a screening at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City or Staten Island.

Moles: What to Watch for and When to See a Doctor

Doctor, dermatologist, hands examines a birthmark of patient. Checking benign moles

If you’re sporting a mole, you’re certainly not alone. Nearly everyone has at least one and most have between 10 and 40 by age 20. Plus, moles can increase in number and darken with sun exposure and pregnancy. Most moles are harmless, but some can be a warning sign of cancer.

Depending on its appearance and when it developed, a mole can be classified as one of three primary types:

  • Congenital moles are present at birth. About 1 percent of people have congenital moles, and these moles may be at increased risk of turning into skin cancer.
  • Acquired moles are the most prevalent and typically develop during childhood or early adulthood. They’re usually smaller than a quarter inch in diameter and are thought to be due to excessive sun exposure. Most acquired moles will not develop into skin cancer.
  • Atypical moles generally are larger than congenital or acquired moles and have an irregular shape. They’re typically uneven in color with a dark brown center surrounded by a lighter or reddish color and often have black dots around the edge. Atypical moles tend to run in families and they may be at a higher risk of developing into skin cancer.

Moles that are warning signs of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, the deadliest form, typically are asymmetric with irregular borders, have varying colors, are large in diameter and change in size, shape or color over time. Be sure to check your skin regularly for moles with these characteristics, nor new moles (particularly after age 20) and for itchy, painful or bleeding moles.

Again, most moles are harmless. But getting a suspicious mole checked quickly may make a life-or-death difference. If you have any inkling of concern, see a doctor as soon as possible, as cancer is most treatable in its earliest stages. Whether cosmetic or potentially cancer-causing, Metropolitan Dermatology can easily diagnose and remove moles from your skin. Call today to schedule a consultation at our Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City or Staten Island location.

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.

How Stress Affects Your Skin

Regular skincare services like chemical peels can help protect your complexion from the effects of stress.

Regular skincare services like chemical peels can help protect your complexion from the effects of stress.

April is National Stress Awareness Month, a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the health effects of stress and teach successful coping strategies. It’s a great time to learn just how everyday stress can take its toll on your skin, say skincare specialists with New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology.

Stress can be a primary trigger for various skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, fever blisters and cold sores in part because it saps your body’s immune system. Plus stress-induced habits can affect your skin’s look and health. For instance, frowning and furrowing your brow can contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. And rubbing, scratching or biting your fingers or lip can cause skin damage and make you all the more susceptible to infections and illnesses. Of utmost concern, studies have shown that chronic stress can increase your risk of developing skin cancer and can cause cancer cells to spread at a faster rate.

To help prevent stress from leaving its mark on your complexion, adopt and maintain a daily skincare regimen using high-quality products, including a high-SPF sunscreen. Get plenty of exercise and adequate rest each day. Learn to prioritize and delegate tasks and be adamant about taking time for yourself regularly.

Also, invest in taking care of your skin beyond your daily routine with customized services like chemical peels or microdermabrasion. And if stress already has marred your look, corrective services like IPL photofacials or Botox injections can help restore a youthful, rejuvenated look. Visit the Metropolitan Dermatology website to schedule a consultation.

Six Signs of Sun Damage

Do you know the signs of sun damage to your skin?

Do you know the signs of sun damage to your skin?

Springtime is here and summertime is right around the corner. While you’re no doubt anticipating some fun in the sun as the temperatures rise, know that over-exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays can lead to a myriad of health and beauty issues. Cellular damage, premature wrinkling, age spots and skin cancer all are results of failing to adequately protect your skin.

Unfortunately, many people either are unaware of the signs of sun over-exposure or simply fail to take them as seriously as they should. Do you know the signs of sun damage? New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tell-tale tips:

  • Sun tan: That gorgeous golden glow actually is the result of injury to the skin’s upper layer that can accelerate aging and increase your risk for developing skin cancer. Don’t be fooled by the popular argument that a mild “base” tan can be healthy or protect your skin from sunburn on your next outing. Truth is, UV damage to your skin can happen in minutes and have a cumulative effect.
  • Sunburn: Sunburns actually are first- or second-degree burns to your skin. First-degree sunburns are characterized by redness of the skin, heat to the touch and mild pain that goes away within a few days. But if you experience a deeper redness and blistered skin, you’ve got a second-degree burn that may require medical treatment.
  • Wrinkles: Over time, the Sun’s UV rays can cause a cumulative breakdown of elastin, the fibers that hold your skin’s layers taught and smooth. As a matter of fact, more than 80 percent of the signs of aging in adult skin is are direct results of suntans or sunburns experienced before age 18.
  • Skin tone changes: Those varied patches of light and dark skin signify changes in the skin’s pigmentation. Persistent redness may be a sign of sun damage to your small blood vessels and, unfortunately, that damage typically is permanent.
  • Freckles: They may be cute and they’re generally harmless, even if they increase in number with continued sun exposure. But if one of them changes in size, shape or color or becomes painful, it may not be a freckle at all. Instead, it could be an early cancer. You’re particularly at risk if that cancer turns out to be melanoma, the leading cause of death from skin disease.
  • Farmer’s lip: That persistent dryness and cracking of the lips calls for much more than a little ChapStick. Known informally as “farmer’s lip,” it’s actually a precancerous condition called actinic cheilitis. Other signs include swelling, loss of the sharp border between the lip and skin, and prominent lip lines.

Protect your skin by minimizing your time in the sun, wearing protective clothing and applying a high-SPF sunscreen every time you venture out into the sunshine. If you already see signs of sun-induced aging in your skin, consider an IPL photofacial or microdermabrasion. And if you any suspicion of cancer, get a melanoma screening immediately. Call New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-997-8008; or Teaneck at 201-837-3939 to schedule a consultation today.

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Beautiful Skin

If beautiful skin is among your goals for 2015, Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

If beautiful skin is among your goals for 2015, Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

The New Year is fast upon us. If a beautiful new you is on your list of goals for 2015, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. Here are our top 10 suggestions for New Year’s resolutions for beautiful skin.

  1. Kick the habit: Smoking and drinking alcohol can sap the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry, lined and discolored.
  2. Stay hydrated: Our bodies are made mostly of water – upward of 70 percent. Not only does it flush toxins and help keep organs functioning properly, it also helps to keep skin plump and smooth.
  3. Get moving: A recent study by Ontario’s McMaster University shows that exercising may help to reverse skin aging. Skin samples of participants in their 40s, 50s and 60s who exercised regularly were consistent in appearance with people in their 20s and 30s.
  4. Ban stress: High amounts of stress can cause premature wrinkling, plus trigger a range of skincare issues including acne, psoriasis and rosacea.
  5. Sleep soundly: During sleep, your body works to not only rest and rejuvenate itself, but also to clear itself of toxins. Make sure you get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night and wake up to more rested and radiant skin.
  6. Stay the course: Establish a daily at-home skincare routine with high-quality products formulated for your particular skin condition. Make sure your routine includes removing your makeup at night, cleansing, toning, moisturizing and exfoliating.
  7. Clean up: Clean skin means noting so long as you’re using dirty brushes. Use high-quality brushes, sponges and other applicators, and clean or replace them once a week.
  8. Cover up: The sun’s powerful UV rays are a primary culprit when it comes to aging skin and skin cancer. Wear a high-SPF sunblock daily and cover up when you’re out and about.
  9. Don’t miss a spot: Don’t make the mistake of focusing only on your face. Great skincare is a whole-body issue, from fingertips to toes.
  10. Pamper yourself: Take skincare up a notch this year with regular treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion and IPL photofacials.

Make a new start in 2015 with a visit to New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology for a complete skincare evaluation. Contact us in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-997-8008; or Teaneck at 201-837-3939.

Rocking the Beauty Mark – Cautiously

Actress Eva Mendes' beauty mark is part of her trademark look. But some moles can pose serious health risks.

Actress Eva Mendes’ beauty mark is part of her trademark look. But some moles can pose serious health risks.

Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, Eva Mendes – all are famously gorgeous women who successfully rocked the beauty mark, also known as the mole. As it turns out, most of us have at least a few of them somewhere on our bodies. Fortunately, most of these typically brownish, raised spots are of the common type and are completely harmless. But others can be a red flag, warn physicians with New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology.

Some moles, even those you were born with, can be an indication that you’re at a heightened risk for developing skin cancer. Others, particularly those that form later in life, may already be cancerous. So, it’s critical that anyone who has a mole knows the warning signs and risks.

Topping the list of mole related health concerns is melanoma. Despite accounting for less than two percent of skin cancer patients, melanoma causes the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Estimates from the American Cancer Society hold that upward of 76,100 new melanoma cases will be diagnosed in 2014, and the disease will kill 9,710 patients. Melanoma is among the most common cancers in young adults, particularly women who are younger than 30 and spend lots of time in the sun.

If you notice a new mole forming or changes in an existing mole, you’ll want to get it checked by a skin cancer specialist as soon as possible. Among the warning signs are:

  • Moles with multiple colors
  • Moles with irregular shape or edges
  • Moles that suddenly change in appearance (size, shape or color)
  • Moles that become itchy or painful or begin to ooze

As with any potential cancer threat, early detection and treatment is critical. Don’t wait. If you have a new or changing mole, schedule an appointment at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology office in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck, New Jersey.


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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
South Plainfield, NJ location coming in early 2017

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