Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop some form of it in their lifetime. Melanoma accounts for less than two percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Patients with a family history of melanoma are at higher risk to develop melanoma themselves.
That's why Dr. Jacobs recommends a thorough skin examination twice a year. One size does not fit all when it comes to skin exams. Dr. Jacobs customizes each exam to the individual patient, taking into account his or her medical history, including all prior surgeries (even if they are not skin-related) as well as the patient's family history of skin cancer. He is so detail-oriented that it is not unusual for him to microscopically check hundreds of spots on one patient alone.
A skin cancer diagnosis can be frightening and confusing. But Dr. Jacobs has an unsurpassed track record of early detection. As he puts it, "Early melanoma is quite difficult to detect. But I have looked, using a microscope, at millions of spots throughout the course of my practice and am attuned to distinguishing tiny, very subtle irregularities below the surface of the skin, which has
proven fruitful in identifying problem spots."
Dr. Jacobs and his staff take a four-pronged approach:
- Treatment plan
- Prevention recommendations
Every spot removed is carefully analyzed. Dr. Jacobs works with New York City's top skin pathologist, Dr. Cynthia Magro at Weill Cornell Medical College.
To schedule an examination, please call (212)-772-7190