Skin cancer is diagnosed in over 5.4 million people annually. As a visible disease, the early signs of the cancer can be seen. For patients in New York, NY, Dr. Ariel Ostad encourages early detection for diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.

Types of skin cancer

There are different types of skin cancer. Each has varying levels of severity and invasiveness. There are three most common forms of skin cancer.

  • Basal cell carcinomas appear as irregular lesions or areas on the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. They are often caused by consistent sun exposure. Basal cells appear as open sores, red patches of skin, or shiny bumps.
  • Squamous cell carcinomas begin as open sores, scaly patches, or raised areas with a depression. The areas may crust or bleed but they do not heal. If allowed to grow, they can be disfiguring or deadly.
  • Melanomas are the most dangerous form of skin cancer and are usually caused by ultraviolet exposure. They appear to be moles or evolve from a previous mole. Melanoma is treatable when caught early but can spread to different areas of the body.

Treatment options

Dr. Ostad is a board-certified dermatologist and one of New York’s premier Mohs surgeons. His precise techniques and attention to detail make him a sought after dermatologist. Mohs micrographic surgery involves removing skin tissue one layer at a time and examining it for cancer cells. If cancer is present, the next layer is removed and examined. If the tissue is clear, the area can be surgically closed and reconstructed if necessary. With a high cure rate, Mohs surgery is a good treatment for skin cancer. The minimal amount of tissue is excised to preserve delicate skin tissue while effectively eliminating cancer.

Skin cancer is treatable when caught early. If you have a suspicious lesion or have already received a skin cancer diagnosis, contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ostad. (646)798-9494

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