Skin cancer affects one in five Americans by the age of 70 years, but you can lower your risk by protecting your skin from sun exposure. The experienced team at Vanguard Dermatology offers comprehensive care, including skin cancer screening and the removal of moles and lesions. They also offer the most effective skin cancer treatment available, Mohs micrographic surgery. If you’re concerned about a skin lesion, book an appointment online or call one of their seven offices in New York City, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, and Staten Island, New York.
Skin cancer is primarily caused by exposure to sunlight, including artificial sources like tanning beds. Your risk of developing skin cancer is higher if you have numerous moles, fair skin, or a family history of skin cancer.
Two other key risk factors are your cumulative exposure to ultraviolet light throughout your lifetime and whether you have a history of occasional but intense sun exposure causing a sunburn.
These are the three types of skin cancer:
Skin cancer may be removed using a variety of surgical methods, such as:
However, the gold standard treatment for skin cancer is Mohs micrographic surgery.
At Vanguard Dermatology, Dr. Michael Shapiro performs Mohs micrographic surgery, which is the most effective skin cancer treatment available. The Mohs technique allows Dr. Shapiro to remove skin cancer layer by layer, examining each piece of tissue to see if all cancer cells are gone before removing more tissue.
The Mohs procedure spares the maximum amount of healthy tissue and has a 99% cure rate for cancers being treated for the first time.
If you see a worrisome skin lesion or would like to schedule a skin examination, call Vanguard Dermatology or book an appointment online.