The most common types of skin cancer are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC), also called non-melanoma skin cancer. While there are many different types of skin cancer, most are preventable and can be cured if caught early enough. Skin cancers are more commonly found among older people, especially among those who have had extensive, lifelong exposure to the sun. Those with lighter skin are more likely than others to contract skin cancer, and a proper screening and treatment can keep any existing cancer from spreading.
Our certified skin cancer dermatologists treat skin cancer - using Mohs Micrographic Surgery - from both of our offices located in Manhattan and Scarsdale, NY.
How Can I Tell If I Have Skin Cancer?
A thorough examination by a NYC skin cancer dermatologist at the Manhattan Center for Dermatology is the best way to diagnose any possible occurrence of skin cancer, but you should be on the alert for the following:
- Sores that do not heal within four weeks
- Spots on your body that look different than any other or that are new
- Unusual freckles or new or existing moles that change in color, size, or shape
|Basal Cell Carcinoma
||Basal Cell Carcinoma
|Squamous Cell Carcinoma
||Squamous Cell Carcinoma
In addition to an annual skin cancer screening, you should examine your body every three or four months, using one or two mirrors to examine your back and scalp. If you find anything unusual, please contact us to arrange a screening. If caught early enough, skin cancer is almost always treatable.
How Can My Skin Cancer be Treated?
There are different treatments for the different types of skin cancer. For the most common types of skin cancers, basal or squamous cell carcinomas, Mohs Micrographic Surgery has the highest success rate.
Excisional surgery is also an effective treatment for less invasive skin cancers. Early malignant melanoma, often caused by a combination of genetics and sun exposure, is usually treated by in-office excisional surgery in our dermatology offices. Sometimes this surgery is performed with lymph node evaluation. Finally, topical creams are also effective for minimally invasive skin cancers.
The skin cancer surgeons at the Manhattan Center for Dermatology practice an extensive range of skin cancer treatments, and after your examination they will discuss your treatment options with you to make sure you receive the best available care.
How Is Mohs Micrographic Surgery Performed?
Mohs micrographic surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in our offices. It uses local anesthetic that is administered to the area and is performed while you are awake. The physician conducting the operation has been specially trained in the procedure, and it is the preferred method for operating on the face and other sensitive areas because of its precision and microscopic accuracy. The cure rated for this type of surgery is 97 - 99 %.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery provides excellent results, and the patient returns home the same day. The procedure will provide the highest cure rate with the smallest scar.
Why Should I Pick the Manhattan Center for Dermatology to Find and Treat My Skin Cancer?
Dr. David Kriegel is a nationally recognized leader in skin cancer, Mohs and cosmetic surgery. He has been the Director of Dermatologic and Mohs Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine since 1997. He has been the director of Mt. Sinai's Mohs Surgery Fellowship training program since 2003. He has also been named in the Best Doctor edition of New York Magazine for the last four years citing the fields of Mohs Micrographic and Cosmetic Surgery.
Contact us for a consultation today for skin cancer treatments in NYC and Scarsdale.