Many patients are unaware skin cancer screenings should be part of their annual wellness evaluations. Did you know skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States? Approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop it in their lifetime and it can affect anyone regardless of their skin color or ability to tan easily. At Dermatology Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania we are dedicated to identifying skin cancer as early as possible through routine skin cancer screening exams.
Our providers have extensive experience not only diagnosing and treating skin cancer but also treating a wide variety of other skin conditions including those that affect the hair and nails. We remain committed to helping our patients achieve healthier skin and are proud to develop close relationships with our patients enabling us to provide a high quality level of dermatologic care in a private practice setting that sets us apart from large hospitals.
Acne occurs when the pores in your skin are blocked with oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells that clog your pores. These skin cells, sebum (oily, waxy matter secreted from your glands), dead skin, and hair clump together to plug pores, causing an infection and resulting in inflammation, or a pimple. Acne is not discriminatory, and for most people, pimples and acne start to appear during puberty and last into the early 20s, and in more severe cases, even well into adulthood.
Melasma is a common skin condition wherein brown or grayish-brown “patches” develop. It typically develops on the face across the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin, and upper lip, but it can develop anywhere the body receives ample sun. It can also be triggered by hormones, and is not an uncommon pregnancy symptom sometimes called “the mask of pregnancy.” It is a harmless and painless condition that affects women more often than men and can linger for decades once it develops. Those with darker skin are more likely to develop melasma, as their skin contains more pigment-producing melanin.
Eczema is a condition that leaves a red, scaly rash when the skin comes into contact with an allergen. It can present in many forms, anywhere on the body, and is one of the most common skin conditions we treat at Dermatology Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Eczema is not contagious and can be induced by a predisposition in your genetic makeup, environmental factors, or even stress.
Hair loss can be the result of several underlying conditions, stress, or improper hair care. Many patients request an appointment once they notice that their hair is thinning or falling out, but sometimes, hair loss is not obvious.
Treating hair loss can be done at home or in our office depending on the type of procedure best suited for your needs.
Melanoma is one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer and occurs when pigment-producing skin cells mutate and become cancerous. This form of skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, and even begin in current moles that have become cancerous.
Warts are noncancerous growths that appear on the skin of patients who are infected with one of the many strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV virus triggers unnecessary new cell growth which makes the outer layer of the patient’s skin become thicker, resulting in a wart.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that is caused by having an overactive immune system and the result of the skin production process moving too quickly. This sped-up process results in inflamed, itchy skin that may be red or scaly in appearance. Psoriasis appears in patches in areas of the skin that are already more difficult to keep moisturized such as your elbows, knees, and scalp. These patches of inflamed, dry skin can last for days or weeks at a time.
Skin Cancer Screenings
There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Each of these skin cancers is primarily caused by too much exposure to the sun, but genetics may also play a role in increasing your risk for skin cancer.
Skin diseases and cancers are most effectively diagnosed through a biopsy that can be performed in our office and sent to a specialist or lab.
Vitiligo is a skin condition marked by loss of skin color in patches. It can affect the skin and hair on any part of the body, even inside the mouth. Skin color is determined by melanin, and in those with vitiligo, melanin-producing cells die or stop functioning. This results in blotches of skin that are lighter than the surrounding skin.
Rashes are caused by a variety of allergens or irritations, with the most common form being contact dermatitis. As the name suggests, this type of rash appears after coming in contact with an irritating substance causing redness, itching, and small bumps to appear on the skin.