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What is


Skin cancer is a type of cancer originating in skin cells, often due to UV radiation exposure from the sun or tanning beds. There are three primary types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. While basal and squamous cell carcinomas are common and treatable, melanoma requires early detection and treatment to prevent spreading. If skin cancer surgery, such as Mohs micrographic surgery, is necessary, rest assured that Dr. Tejas Patel of Reforma Dermatology in Staten Island, NY, is a highly trained expert with a high success rate for his cases.

This procedure involves removing thin layers of cancerous skin and examining them under a microscope until only cancer-free tissue remains, minimizing damage to healthy skin and maximizing the chance of complete cancer removal.

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Treatment Options

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The treatment options for skin cancer depend on various factors, including the type, stage, and location of the cancer. Common treatment options include:

Surgery: Surgical procedures such as excision, Mohs micrographic surgery, and lymph node dissection may be performed to remove cancerous cells.

Radiation therapy:
: High-energy radiation is used to target and destroy cancer cells. It is often used for cancers that are difficult to remove surgically or in cases where surgery is not an option.

Chemotherapy: Drugs are used to kill cancer cells or stop their growth. Chemotherapy may be applied topically or administered orally or intravenously.

Immunotherapy: This treatment boosts the body's immune system to fight cancer. Immunotherapy drugs target specific molecules on cancer cells or stimulate the immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells.

Targeted therapy: Drugs are used to target specific abnormalities present within cancer cells. These drugs interfere with the growth and spread of cancer cells while causing less harm to normal cells.

Photodynamic therapy: A photosensitizing agent is applied to the skin, followed by exposure to light. This causes the agent to react with oxygen, creating a chemical that kills nearby cells, including cancer cells.

Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and destroy abnormal cells, such as precancerous skin lesions or early-stage skin cancers.

The choice of treatment depends on factors such as the type and stage of the cancer, overall health, and individual preferences. Schedule a consultation today to determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on your individual case.

I’ve struggled with eczema all my life and the various amounts of creams/ointments given to me by other places never helped enough. Dr.Patel is the only dermatologist I have met that explained everything to me clearly so I understood my issue clearly and gave me other options. My hands have never looked so clear in my life. Super happy with his service and his whole office is very nice/professional. Highly recommend!

- Mariah C

Dr. Patel is very knowledgeable and helpful. First time I went in he spotted my problem just by looking and immediately assigned me treatment. After following his regiment for a couple of months, it has completely healed. He also was able to check several other areas and prescribed medications for those areas. I highly recommend.

- Geoffrey W.

I started suffering from hormonal acne last October and visited many different dermatologists to find a sustainable solution. Dr. Patel is the only doctor who was committed to healing my skin. He saw me every 2 weeks to monitor my treatment and had effectively cleared my skin since I began seeing him in February! I am extremely grateful for him and his entire practice.

- Emily S.

I am very happy I found Dr. Patel he knew right away my hair loss issue, diagnosed it and began the treatment regiment. He is so knowledgeable and takes good care of you. I’ve seen rapid results in just 2 visits.The front desk staff are courteous and professional as well, and the wait times are very minimal. I highly recommend seeing Dr. Patel for your all your skin concerns, you won’t be disappointed.

- Christina A.

Dr. Patel is amazing. Not only is he great, but he will resolve any issues presented to him. I first came to see him for some skin tags and moles I wanted to remove, which he did. Also, I brought in my mother who was suffering from furuncle … something i’ve never heard from, but Dr. Patel recommended some medicine and my mom skin has cleared up 100%. I love his extreme intelligence and ambition to help with any dermatology issue. I would definitely recommend Dr. Patel to anyone dealing with any skin issue.

- Michael G.

What are the different types of skin cancer?
The main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
What are the risk factors for developing skin cancer?
Risk factors include excessive sun exposure, tanning bed use, fair skin, history of sunburns, family history of skin cancer, and certain genetic conditions.
How can I protect myself from skin cancer?
Protect yourself by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, avoiding tanning beds, and scheduling regular skin cancer screenings.
What are the signs and symptoms of skin cancer?
Signs include changes in the size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin lesion, new growths, or sores that don't heal.
How is skin cancer diagnosed?
Diagnosis involves a skin examination by a dermatologist and may include a biopsy, where a small sample of skin tissue is removed for examination under a microscope.
Can skin cancer spread to other parts of the body?
Yes, especially melanoma, which can spread (metastasize) to other organs if not treated early.
What should I do if I notice changes in my skin that could be signs of skin cancer?
See a dermatologist promptly for evaluation and possible biopsy.
How often should I have a skin cancer screening or check-up?
It's recommended to have a skin cancer screening annually, especially if you have risk factors or a history of skin cancer.

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