LIVINGSTON, NJ — As skin cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, early detection is vital to successful treatment. In response, The Melanoma Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) has partnered with MoleSafe USA to begin offering a Skin Surveillance Program to provide the community with access to diagnostic screening for the early detection of skin cancers, including melanoma. 

“SBMC is committed to providing the necessary preventive care and early detection programs that are vital to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our community,” said Stephen Zieniewicz, FACHE, president and CEO, SBMC. “By partnering with MoleSafe USA, we are ensuring our patients along with our community receive access to skin cancer screening with thorough and trusted results.”

The Skin Surveillance Program (SSP) created by MoleSafe is a comprehensive skin documentation system designed to expose layers of skin lesions not typically viewed during a regular exam by dermatologists.

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Utilizing a suite of advanced melanoma detection and diagnosis tools and technology, including total body photography, digital dermoscopy, and digital serial monitoring, the system produces high-resolution diagnostic images and creates a profile of a patient’s skin that is monitored for any changes in lesions.

“There are a several types of skin lesions and some are more severe than others and require different treatments,” said Franz Smith, MD, a board-certified surgical oncologist and skin cancer expert at SBMC. “With the help of these high-resolution diagnostic images, we have the ability to better track and understand the moles that are found on the patient’s body and, if needed, determine the best care plan.”

Smith recommends those with many moles, odd-looking moles, or a personal or family history of melanoma to have regular skin checks by a professional.

“You should also consider a MoleSafe examination if you have used sun beds, spend time in the sun or were sunburnt frequently when younger which can double melanoma risk later in life,” he said.

Kevin Sheridan, CEO, MoleSafe, said skin is constantly exposed to potentially harmful amounts of UV rays from the sun no matter what time of the year it is. Those at MoleSafe encourage people to keep an eye on any changes happening on the skin’s surface.

“Identifying changes in your skin is the quickest way to detect skin cancer early, when it easily treated,” said Sheridan.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit www.molesafe.com/barnabas or call 1-877-MOLESAFE (665-3723).