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Mount Sinai Experts and Patients Share Their Skin Cancer Tips and Stories

Posted: May 6, 2013
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Each cancerous mole removed from Hannah’s back left her with a lifelong scar. “Someone once asked me if I was a gunshot victim because my scars are so big,” she said. Luckily, her cancer did not spread.

After graduating from college in Virginia, Hannah moved to New York for a job and needed a new doctor to care for her skin. She made an appointment with Hooman Khorosani, MD, assistant professor of dermatology and chief of division of Mohs, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable,” said Khorosani. “But if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. Once you have melanoma, you are more likely to get it again and again in other areas of your body.”

A cancer survivor, Hannah sees Dr. Khorosani for follow up appointments every three months, where he meticulously maps all of her moles and even checks between her toes and on her scalp for anything suspicious.

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The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of just 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

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