Skin Cancer Specialist
Maiden Lane Medical
Dermatologists located in New York, NY
IDue to the weather in New York City, you may spend most of the year covered up and inside, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States. If you’re concerned about a lesion on your skin and would like to have it checked out, Fitzgeraldo Sanchez, MD, at Maiden Lane Medical can help. He trained at one of the best skin cancer centers in the country. Call the office or book an appointment online at the midtown Manhattan location to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanchez.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is defined as a type of cancer that starts in the skin. You may have cancer that spreads to the skin, but this isn’t considered skin cancer.
Exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning lamps causes an abnormality in the DNA of your skin cells, triggering the rapid growth of mutated cells and tumors.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US, affecting more than 3 million Americans.
What are the types of skin cancer?
There are several different types of skin cancer, including:
- Actinic keratosis (PRE-Cancerous)
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Atypical moles
- Merkel cell carcinoma
Basal and squamous cell carcinoma are the two most common forms of skin cancer and typically occur in the areas of the body exposed to the sun, such as your face and hands. Unlike melanoma, basal and squamous cell carcinomas don’t spread to other parts of the body.
Melanomas aren’t as common as basal and squamous cell carcinoma, but if not caught early they’re much more dangerous due to their ability to rapidly grow and spread to other parts of your body.
How do I know if I have skin cancer?
After an examination and skin biopsy, Dr. Sanchez determines if you have skin cancer. However, regular skin checks may help you catch skin abnormalities early.
Track your moles regularly and assess them for changes in symmetry, color, size, or irregular borders. You can also schedule regular follow-ups with Dr. Sanchez to help you track suspicious-looking moles or lesions.
How do you treat skin cancer?
Treatment depends on the type of skin cancer. Dr. Sanchez may surgically remove your skin cancer using one of four techniques, including:
- Cryosurgery — freezing of the lesion with liquid nitrogen
- Curettage and electrodessication — scraping off the tumor with a curette and burning it with an electrocautery needle
- Mohs micrographic surgery — surgically removing the visible tumor and a thin layer of skin surrounding the tumor, which is sent for testing (spares the most healthy tissue)
- Excisional surgery — removal of the entire tumor plus surrounding skin and tissue
Additional treatments might include radiation or laser therapy. Dr. Sanchez may also suggest topical medication or a special chemical that selectively destroys cancer cells.