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By Long Island Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology
February 16, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Although it affects more than 3 million American adults each year, there are, fortunately, a number of steps that you can take to avoid developing this condition.

Read on to learn more, and call dermatologist, Dr. Daniel W. Sherer, if you have any concerns. He is proud to serve those around Huntington, Hicksville, Syosset, and Plainview, NY.

Protecting Your Skin from Cancer

The three main types of skin cancer are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. You should protect yourself against skin cancer every day by implementing the following steps:

  • Sunblock: Use a broad-spectrum sunblock with an SPF of at least 30, daily. Many moisturizing lotions contain sunblock, so you only need to apply one cream in some cases.
  • Nicotinamide: Nicotinamide is a form of vitamin B3, and it is particularly good at preventing skin cancer even in people who are at high risk. It can be purchased over-the-counter and the recommended daily amount is 500mg twice daily.
  • Avoid tanning: If you’re outdoors between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, avoid the sun and stick to the shade. Cover up with long pants and long sleeves if you must be outside, and always avoid using tanning beds.

Possible Signs of Skin Cancer


This type of cancer can develop anywhere on your body on normal skin or an existing mole. Melanoma may also occur on skin that does not receive sun exposure.

  • A brown patch of skin with darker brown spots
  • A mole gets bigger, changes color/texture, or bleeds
  • An irregular-shaped patch of skin that is red, blue, or black
  • Dark patches of skin in the mouth or nose or on your hands or feet

Basal Cell Carcinoma

This type of cancer usually occurs on areas of skin that get sun exposure, such as your face or neck.

  • A bump on the skin that feels waxy
  • A patch of brown skin that resembles a scar
  • A bleeding lesion that heals and then comes back

Squamous Cell carcinoma

This type of cancer typically occurs in areas of skin that get a lot of sun exposure, such as your hands, ears, and face.

  • A firm, red bump
  • A flat patch of discolored skin that feels crusted

If you are concerned about changes in your skin you should talk to a dermatologist as soon as possible.

If you live in or around Huntington, Hicksville, Syosset, or Plainview, NY, contact Dr. Sherer to make an appointment for all your dermatology needs:

  • Huntington office - (631) 271-2769
  • Hicksville office -(516) 433-3200
By Long Island Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology
May 02, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Learn more about the types of chemical peels and how they can improve your skin.

When you get a chemical peel from our Huntington, Hicksville, Plainview and Syosset, NY dermatologist, Dr. Daniel Sherer you can expect a vast improvement in the tone, texture, and appearance of your skin. A chemical peel has many benefits but it’s important that Dermatologyyou choose the one that best aligns with your treatment goals.

Chemical peels can be categorized into three different types:

  • Superficial/light peels
  • Medium peels
  • Deep peels

Superficial Peels

This is the gentlest type of chemical peel you can get from your skin doctor in Huntington, Hicksville, Plainview, and Syosset. This cosmetic treatment will only remove the very top layer to help smooth out the skin, even out texture and make the skin look brighter. These peels may also help reduce fine lines, sun damage, superficial scars, age spots and dry skin.

Most superficial peels use alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids to penetrate through the skin to improve appearance. Usually, more than one session is recommended to get the best results, but you’ll be happy to note that apart from some minor stinging or tingling, this procedure will not hurt and has little to no recovery time. Patients can easily return to work or their daily activities after.

Medium Peels

Since this peel targets deeper areas of the skin it can provide more visible results than a superficial peel will. These peels also target skin pigmentation, wrinkles, and sun damage. The only con of getting a medium peel is that you may experience some side effects like swelling, redness or itchy after your treatment and your recovery period may last up to a week.

Deep Peels

Patients looking to achieve the best results and significantly reduce and eliminate the effects of deep-set wrinkles, lines and sun damage should consider getting a deep peel. Of course, because these peels reach the dermal layers of the skin, they are more painful than other ones, and you may have an extended recovery period. But our goal is to make sure that we do whatever we can to minimize your side effects and help speed up your recovery time as much as we can.

Want to find out what type of chemical peel aligns with your treatment goals? Then it’s time to call our Huntington, Hicksville, Plainview and Syosset, NY dermatology office to schedule a consultation. Let Long Island Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology give you the radiant, more youthful skin you deserve.

By Long Island Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology
November 12, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

skin cancerSkin cancer is a term that triggers much anxiety. To put your mind at ease, Long Island Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology wants to let you know the best methods to reduce the risks and complications of skin cancer.  It affects one in five Americans and is the most common form of cancer in the United States. That’s why our Huntington and Hicksville patients are encouraged to have regular skin examinations by a trained dermatologist at our Huntington dermatology or Hicksville dermatology office.
The primary step to protecting the skin is to limit UV ray exposure. Here are some strategies to help you block the harmful rays, especially when the sun is beating down hard.  
  • Seek shade if possible
  • Try to avoid the sun during its strongest hours, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Wear clothing that covers sensitive skin
  • Apply SPF 30 to the arms, legs, chest, back, feet, neck and face
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours
  • Avoid tanning beds
If you are regularly outside in the sun, you need to be more vigilant in regard to your skin. Go see a dermatologist if there is a spot on the skin that lasts for two weeks or longer. You need to note if that spot has changed shape or color, or if it’s bleeding or itching. A dermatologist is able to make a detailed inspection of the skin and will carefully examine the growths, moles, and dry patches. If something is found that resembles skin cancer, the growth may be removed and will be sent to a lab for a biopsy. If skin cancer is present, different options are available including Mohs surgery.

Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure and is done by a dermatologist specialist. It is a precise surgical technique that removes layers of the skin until cancer-free tissue is obtained. Mohs surgery is typically used to treat skin cancers that:
  • Have a high risk of recurrence 
  • Are located in sensitive skin areas where healthy tissue is very important, such as, the hands, feet, eyes, ears, nose, hairline, and mouth.
  • Have hard-to-define borders
  • Are large or aggressive
One of the biggest advantages of this surgery is you know your results right away. You usually will not leave the appointment until all the skin cancer has been removed. Follow up visits are recommended with skin exams at least once or twice a year.
To learn more about skin cancer prevention or Mohs surgery, contact our Huntington office today 631-271-2769 or our Hicksville office 516-433-3200.

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