Skin cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. One in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Risk factors include pale skin, family history of melanoma, being over 40 years old, and regular sun exposure. Fortunately, skin cancer is almost always curable if detected and treated early.

Dr. Prystowsky routinely diagnoses and treats the most common skin cancers, which include:

    1. Basal cell carcinoma – 80-85% of all skin cancers. Basal cell carcinoma affects cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis.
    2. Squamous cell carcinoma – 10% of all skin cancers. Squamous cell carcinoma affects cells in the middle layer of the epidermis.
    3. Melanoma – 5% of all skin cancers. Melanoma is a rare but very dangerous type of skin cancer. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
    4. Rare Skin Cancer – Dr. Prystowsky is also highly experienced in diagnosing and/or treating rare types of skin cancer and borderline lesions such as Merkel cell carcinoma, microcystic adeno carcinoma, atypical fibroxanthoma, basosquamous cell carcinoma, desmoplastic trichocpithelioma, and Spitz tumors.

Skin cancers vary in shape, color, size and texture, so any new, changed or otherwise suspicious growths should be examined by a dermatologist. Early intervention is essential in preventing the cancer from spreading. Dr. Prystowsky uses Mohs surgery, excisional surgery, cryosurgery, dessication and curettage, intralesional chemotherapy, topical medications, and oral medications to prevent and treat skin cancer. For advanced cancers, she will collaborate with other specialists as needed.