Skin Cancer Doctors Advise: “Too Much of A Good Thing Can Be Dangerous”


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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people diagnosed annually.

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Skin Cancer Doctors Advise: “Too Much of A Good Thing Can Be Dangerous”

  1. 1. For Immediate Release June 11, 2013Contact: Damian Becker, Manager of Media Relations(516) 377-5370Cancer Doctors Advise:“Too Much of A Good Thing Can Be Dangerous”Oceanside, NY – The skin is the body’s largest organ and when it soaks up the sun, it helps produceVitamin D, which is vital to maintaining a healthy calcium balance, immunity, blood pressure and insulinsecretion. “When skin is exposed to the sun for extended periods of time repeatedly, however, the risk can faroutweigh the reward,” said Rajiv Datta, MD, Medical Director of South Nassau Communities Hospital’sGertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center.That’s because excessive sun exposure puts an individual at great risk for skin cancer. According to theSkin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people diagnosed annually. In addition, the number of new cases ofskin cancer diagnosed each year in the U.S. exceeds the combined diagnoses of new cases of breast, prostate,lung and colon cancers. Besides sun exposure, other risk factors for skin cancers include having many moles;having a fair complexion; and a personal or family history of skin cancer.If you enjoy basking in the sun, whether sun bathing, gardening, playing a round of golf or evenattending your child’s sporting events, Dr. Datta advises following sun safety steps recommended by theAmerican Academy of Dermatologists (ADD):• Minimize exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.• Apply sunscreen, with at least a SPF-15 that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, to allareas of the body exposed to the sun• Reapply sunscreen every two hours, even on cloudy days• Wear clothing that covers the body and shades the face• Avoid exposure to UV radiation from sunlamps or tanning salons• Have an annual skin cancer screeningThe three types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, whichis the deadliest form of skin cancer.Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and it usually shows up on the face, ears,News From:
  2. 2. scalp, neck, or upper body as a red patch; a pink, red, or white bump that is shiny or pearly; a crusty, open sorethat will not heal; or a scar-like area. Squamous cell carcinomas account for about 2 out of 10 skin cancers andcommonly appear on sun-exposed areas of the body such as the face, ear, neck, lip, and back of the hands.Squamous cell carcinomas often look like warts or open sores with a thick, rough, scaly patch that can bleed ifbumped. They tend to be more aggressive than basal cell cancers and are more likely to be found in men thanwomen.As the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma requires aggressive and skillful treatment. Malignantmelanomas are usually small brown-black or larger multicolored patches, plaques or nodules with irregularoutline. They may crust on the surface or bleed. Many of them are found in pre-existing moles.Surgery is the most common treatment option for skin cancer. “Approximately 90 percent of all skincancer patients are treated surgically,” said Dr. Datta. “Our team of surgical oncologists combines patient-centered treatment plans with leading-edge surgical technologies to remove skin cancer.”South Nassau offers leading-edge surgical technologies to remove skin cancer, including surgicalexcision of melanoma with sentinel lymph node biopsy in selected cases. It also provides functional andcosmetic reconstruction after excision of the malignancy. For patients with metastatic melanoma, in selectedcases South Nassau surgeons perform radical lymph node dissection, liver resection and radiofrequency ablation(RFA), a process to heat and destroy liver tumors in conjunction with surgical resection.A recipient of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) OutstandingAchievement Award, The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center treats approximately 1,500 patients annually.The Center has evolved into one of the Northeast corridor’s premiere providers of compassionate advancedcancer care. The Center is the only one on Long Island that is equipped with three of the most advanced andeffective technologies used to treat and eradicate cancer: the Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical Systemand Gamma Knife® Perfexion.In addition to its Cancer Center in Valley Stream, NY, The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Centerincorporates the following specialty cancer care services:• GYN Oncology Department (Valley Stream)• Long Island Gamma Knife® Center (Oceanside)• Center for Prostate Health Program (Oceanside)• Center for Breast Health (Oceanside)• Center for Lung Health (Oceanside/Valley Stream)• Radiation Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)• Surgical Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)• Complete Women’s Imaging Center (Oceanside)• PET/CT Service (Oceanside)For more information about colorectal cancer surgery or The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center, call
  3. 3. (516) 632-3350.South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profitteaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, painmanagement, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers,South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with theNovalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® Perfexion radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated StrokeCenter by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by theAmerican College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the AmericanSociety for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information, visit