Skin Cancers

Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer, which is why regular self-examination and doctor visits are imperative.

The vast majority of skin cancers are composed of three different types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

This is the most common form of skin cancer. Basal cells reside in the deepest layer of the epidermis, along with hair follicles and sweat ducts. When a person is overexposed to UVB radiation, it damages the body's natural repair system, which causes basal cell carcinomas to grow. These tend to be slow-growing tumors and rarely metastasize (spread). Basal cell carcinomas can present in a number of different ways:

  • raised pink or pearly white bump with a pearly edge and small, visible blood vessels
  • pigmented bumps that look like moles with a pearly edge
  • a sore that continuously heals and re-opens
  • flat scaly scar with a waxy appearance and blurred edges

Despite the different appearances of the cancer, they all tend to bleed with little or no cause. Eighty-five percent of basal cell carcinomas occur on the face and neck since these are areas that are most exposed to the sun.

Risk factors for basal cell carcinoma include having fair skin, sun exposure, age (most skin cancers occur after age 50), exposure to ultraviolet radiation (as in tanning beds) and therapeutic radiation given to treat an unrelated health issue.

Diagnosing basal cell carcinoma requires a biopsy — either excisional, where the entire tumor is removed along with some of the surrounding tissue, or incisional, where only a part of the tumor is removed (used primarily for large lesions).

Treatments for basal cell carcinoma include:

  • Cryosurgery — Some basal cell carcinomas respond to cryosurgery, where liquid nitrogen is used to freeze off the tumor.
  • Curettage and Desiccation — The preferred method of dermatologists, this treatment involves using a small metal instrument (called a curette) to scrape out the tumor along with an application of an electric current into the tissue to kill off any remaining cancer cells.
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery — The preferred method for large tumors, Mohs Micrographic Surgery combines removal of cancerous tissue with microscopic review while the surgery takes place. By mapping the diseased tissue layer by layer, less healthy skin is damaged when removing the tumor.
  • Prescription Medicated Creams — These creams can be applied at home. They stimulate the body's natural immune system over the course of weeks.
  • Radiation Therapy — Radiation therapy is used for difficult-to-treat tumors, either because of their location, severity or persistence.
  • Surgical Excision — In this treatment the tumor is surgically removed and stitched up.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cells are found in the upper layer (the surface) of the epidermis. They look like fish scales under a microscope and present as a crusted or scaly patch of skin with an inflamed, red base. They are often tender to the touch. It is estimated that 250,000 new cases of squamous cell carcinoma are diagnosed annually, and that 2,500 of them result in death.

Squamous cell carcinoma can develop anywhere, including inside the mouth and on the genitalia. It most frequently appears on the scalp, face, ears and back of hands. Squamous cell carcinoma tends to develop among fair-skinned, middle-aged and elderly people who have a history of sun exposure. In some cases, it evolves from actinic keratoses, dry scaly lesions that can be flesh-colored, reddish-brown or yellow black, and which appear on skin that is rough or leathery. Actinic keratoses spots are considered to be precancerous.

Like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma is diagnosed via a biopsy — either excisional, where the entire tumor is removed along with some of the surrounding tissue, or incisional, where only a part of the tumor is removed (used primarily for large lesions).

Treatments for basal cell carcinoma include:

  • Cryosurgery Some basal cell carcinomas respond to cryosurgery, where liquid nitrogen is used to freeze off the tumor.
  • Curettage and Desiccation — The preferred method of dermatologists, this treatment involves using a small metal instrument (called a curette) to scrape out the tumor along with an application of an electric current into the tissue to kill off any remaining cancer cells.
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery — The preferred method for large tumors, Mohs Micrographic Surgery combines removal of cancerous tissue with microscopic review while the surgery takes place. By mapping the diseased tissue layer by layer, less healthy skin is damaged when removing the tumor.
  • Prescription Medicated Creams — These creams can be applied at home. They stimulate the body's natural immune system over the course of weeks.
  • Radiation Therapy — Radiation therapy is used for difficult-to-treat tumors, either because of their location, severity or persistence.
  • Surgical Excision — In this treatment the tumor is surgically removed and stitched up.

Melanoma

While melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, it is by far the most virulent. It is the most common form of cancer among young adults age 25 to 29. Melanocytes are cells found in the bottom layer of the epidermis. These cells produce melanin, the substance responsible for skin pigmentation. That's why melanomas often present as dark brown or black spots on the skin. Melanomas spread rapidly to internal organs and the lymph system, making them quite dangerous. Early detection is critical for curing this skin cancer.

Melanomas look like moles and often do grow inside existing moles. That's why it is important for people to conduct regular self-examinations of their skin in order to detect any potential skin cancer early, when it is treatable. Most melanomas are caused by overexposure to the sun beginning in childhood. This cancer also runs in families.

Melanoma is diagnosed via a biopsy. Treatments include surgical removal, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

What to Look For

The key to detecting skin cancers is to notice changes in your skin. Look for:

  • Large brown spots with darker speckles located anywhere on the body.
  • Dark lesions on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, fingertips toes, mouth, nose or genitalia.
  • Translucent pearly and dome-shaped growths.
  • Existing moles that begin to grow, itch or bleed.
  • Brown or black streaks under the nails.
  • A sore that repeatedly heals and re-opens.
  • Clusters of slow-growing scaly lesions that are pink or red.

The American Academy of Dermatology has developed the following ABCDE guide for assessing whether or not a mole or other lesion may be becoming cancerous.

Asymmetry: Half the mole does not match the other half in size, shape or color.

Border: The edges of moles are irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined.

Color: The mole is not the same color throughout.

Diameter: The mole is usually greater than 6 millimeters when diagnosed, but may also be smaller.

Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that is different from the rest, or changes in size, shape, or color.

If any of these conditions occur, please make an appointment to see one of our dermatologists right away. The doctor may do a biopsy of the mole to determine if it is or isn't cancerous.

Prevention

Roughly 90% of nonmelanoma cancers are attributable to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. That's why prevention involves:

  • Staying out of the sun during peak hours (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
  • Covering up the arms and legs with protective clothing.
  • Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Using sunscreens year round with a SPF of 15 or greater and sunblocks that work on both UVA and UVB rays. Look for products that use the term "broad spectrum."
  • Checking your skin monthly and contacting your dermatologist if you notice any changes.
  • Getting regular skin examinations. It is advised that adults over 40 get an annual exam with a dermatologist.
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About Dr. Jurzyk

Dr. Ronald Jurzyk is a Double Board Certified Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist with over twenty years of experience. He is President of the Advanced Dermatology Center PC in his hometown of Wolcott, CT. Dr. Jurzyk graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine / Hahnemann in Philadelphia and was elected into the AOA National Medical Honor Society. He then completed his Dermatology Residency and Dermatopathology Fellowship in Philadelphia. Dr. Jurzyk is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. Dr. Jurzyk obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, graduating with Honors and was elected to the Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society. He is also a Licensed Pharmacist in Connecticut. 

The Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott offers various Dermatology and Aesthetic Services. Along with associates, David Suhocki, MHS, PA-C and Deanna Zimkus, MHS, PA-C, the Advanced Dermatology Center offers comprehensive dermatology services including the Diagnosis and Treatment of all types of rashes, acne, skin cancer, as well as annual skin checks for unusual moles and skin cancers. Dr. Jurzyk is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatopathology. He is a member of the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Connecticut Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society and the Wolcott Chamber of Commerce.

ADVANCED DERMATOLOGY CENTER::

The Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott offers various Dermatology and Aesthetic Services. Along with associates, David Suhocki, MHS, PA-C and Deanna Zimkus, MHS, PA-C, the Advanced Dermatology Center offers comprehensive dermatology services including the diagnosis and treatment of all types of rashes, acne, skin cancer, as well as annual skin checks for unusual moles and skin cancers. 


Carol Jurzyk, Clinical Aesthetician, offers our aesthetic services at SkinSpa 464. Here you can receive skin care advice as well as Microdermabrasion, Facials, Chemical peels and waxing.

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Advanced Dermatology Center

Dr. Ronald Jurzyk is a Double Board Certified Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist with over twenty years of experience. He is President of the Advanced Dermatology Center PC in his hometown of Wolcott, CT. Dr. Jurzyk graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine / Hahnemann in Philadelphia and was elected into the AOA National Medical Honor Society. He then completed his Dermatology Residency and Dermatopathology Fellowship in Philadelphia. Dr. Jurzyk is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. Dr. Jurzyk obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, graduating with Honors and was elected to the Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society. He is also a Licensed Pharmacist in Connecticut. 

The Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott offers various Dermatology and Aesthetic Services. Along with associates, David Suhocki, MHS, PA-C and Deanna Zimkus, MHS, PA-C, the Advanced Dermatology Center offers comprehensive dermatology services including the Diagnosis and Treatment of all types of rashes, acne, skin cancer, as well as annual skin checks for unusual moles and skin cancers. Dr. Jurzyk is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatopathology. He is a member of the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Connecticut Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society and the Wolcott Chamber of Commerce.

ADVANCED DERMATOLOGY CENTER::

The Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott offers various Dermatology and Aesthetic Services. Along with associates, David Suhocki, MHS, PA-C and Deanna Zimkus, MHS, PA-C, the Advanced Dermatology Center offers comprehensive dermatology services including the diagnosis and treatment of all types of rashes, acne, skin cancer, as well as annual skin checks for unusual moles and skin cancers. 


Carol Jurzyk, Clinical Aesthetician, offers our aesthetic services at SkinSpa 464. Here you can receive skin care advice as well as Microdermabrasion, Facials, Chemical peels and waxing.


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What we offer

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Welcome to Advanced Dermatology

Since 1997, the Advanced Dermatology Center has been working with patients to provide the best dermatological care for patients in the Central Connecticut area.

The experience of Dr. Ronald Jurzyk and his staff is coupled with genuine concern for their patients. All of our staff is dedicated to your comfort and prompt attention as well. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain healthy skin.

This web site provides you with an overview of our practice and the field of dermatology. As you navigate the site, you’ll find information about the Advanced Dermatology Center’s practice philosophy, staff, office location, services, products, insurance policies, and appointment scheduling procedures. Please browse the site at your convenience and feel free to contact us with any questions.

You’ll find an array of valuable information on this website about problems, diagnoses and treatments related to dermatology in our patient education library. We believe informed patients are better prepared to make decisions about their health and well being. We encourage you to review this information to help you understand any health concerns you may face. 

We also invite you to call our office to make an appointment or ask any questions.

Thank you.                 

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Credentials

Ronald S. Jurzyk, MD, FAAD

Board Certified: Dermatology, Dermatopathology

MD: Drexel University School of Medicine / Hahnemann 

BS: Pharmacy, University of Connecticut


Academic Honors & Awards:

  • Alpha Omega Apha Medical Honor Society
  • Nomination to Chairman's Medicine Honors Program
  • Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society
  • National College Deans List


Organizations:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • Fellow of the American Society of Dermatopathology
  • Connecticut State Medical Society
  • Connecticut Dermatology / Derm Surgery Section of CSMS
  • Wolcott Chamber of Commerce


Awards and Achievements:

  •   2015 Top Docs, Connecticut Magazine
  •   2014 Top Docs, Connecticut Magazine
  •   2013 Top Docs, Connecticut Magazine
  •   2012 Top Docs, Connecticut Magazine
  •   Hall of Fame, Wolcott, CT Circle of Sports       


Appointments:

  • Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Department of Dermatology
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Voted "Top Doc" by his peers 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015!

Dr Jurzyk has been named by Connecticut Magazine as one of the "Top Doctors" in Dermatology by his peers in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

         

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David M. Suhocki, Physician Assistant

Saint Francis University

  • Masters of Healthcare Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Bachelor of Healthcare Sciences


Academics:

  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Inducted into Saint Francis University Honor Society


Organizations / Affiliations:

  • National Commission Certification of Physician Association
  • American Association of Physician Assistant
  • Connecticut Dermatology Physician Assistant Society
  • Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistant
  • Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants
  • NCCPA Surgical Certification
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Deanna J. Zimkus , Physician Assistant

Quinnipiac University

  • Masters of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Health Science


Scholarships

  • Quinnipiac University Dean's Scholarship: All Semesters
  • Women's Auxiliary Guild Scholarship
  • Rhode Island Reserve Officers Association Scholarship
  • Quinnipiac Outstanding Sophomore Award
  • Quinnipiac Outstanding Freshman Award

 

Certifications and Proficiencies:

  • Health Care Provider CPR Certified
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified
  • State of Connecticut EMT-Basic Certification
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Carol A. Jurzyk, Clinical Aesthetician

Certified Aesthetician - Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Science

Bachelor of Science - Family Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT

Member: National Association of Professional Women Associated Skin Care Professionals.

Treasurer - Wolcott Chamber of Commerce.

 

Services Provided:

Microdermabrasion

Therapeutic Facials

Chemical Peels

Waxing

Makeup Application & Beauty Services Provided

Consultation & Products Available

Bare Minerals and Skin Type Solutions

Gift Certificates Available

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Skin Type Solutions™
  • Did you know that 80% of people are wrong about their skin type?



    What is Skin Type Solutions?


    This system is designed to accurately assess one's skin type and make the ideal skincare regimen that's available at Advanced Dermatology Center.  We are very proud to say that we are the first practice in CT to launch Skin Type Solutions.

    After taking a 3 to 5 minute scientifically validated quiz, you will be assigned one of 16 Baumann Skin Types and receive a skincare regimen recommendation that has been Skin Type Solutions Certified for your unique skin type.

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Insurance and Billing

We accept most traditional insurance plans. Please contact our office to verify acceptance of your plan. Qualifications for insurance coverage may differ due to the uniqueness of each procedure. We are happy to file insurance for your reimbursement as long as you are free to choose your own dermatologist. MultiPlan/PHCS, Northeast Health Direct, ConnectiCare and Harvard Pilgrim require credentialing paper application.

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Location
Advanced Dermatology Center
464 Wolcott Road
Wolcott, CT 06716
Phone: 203-349-8165
Fax: 203-879-1191
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