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At Mediterra (Medical and Laser Cosmetic Center), our board-certified dermatologists have been working with the latest in skin cancer treatment in New York‎ for over 20 years. Skin cancer is the growth of abnormal cells that can occur on any part of your body. This sounds scary, but it's treatable when caught early, and preventable if you take certain precautions. While many cases aren't life-threatening, this abnormal cells do have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. Our doctors can offer effective treatments that also give you the best cosmetic results.

What are the types of dermal cancer?

There are three main kinds of skin cancer, and our staff knows all of them inside and out. Basal cell carcinoma is relatively slow in growth, and very unlikely to spread to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma are more aggressive, and you'll need a trained expert to clear up their effects quickly. A skilled doctor can recommend not only the best treatment for your cancer, but also for your body type, skin pigment and personal concerns.

How can I tell if I have squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma or basal cell carcinoma?

You likely won't be able to diagnose on your own, so check with your doctor after noticing changes on your skin. Basal and Squamous cell can almost look like an oddly-shaped pimple, while melanomas can be a mole that has changed over time to become raised, discolored or irregular in size and shape. So the brown birthmark on your arm is fine, but if you have new moles which are itchy or bleeding then that's something to set an appointment for. Large pearly pustules on the skin should be diagnosed quickly as well. As with most diseases: the faster you find the problem, the easier it is to treat.

Will skin cancer treatment damage my skin?

Fortunately, there are ways to both rid your body of these cells and keep your skin looking smooth and radiant. Our doctors have found amazing success in Mohs micrographic surgery. This procedure removes the visible tumor so you can get back to your life — with minimal chance of scarring. Moh's offers the highest cure rate, at up to 99% for the non melanoma (basal and squamous) cancers. The cure rate is coupled with the lowest probability that the cancer will return. You can’t get much better than that.

How does Mohs micrographic surgery work?

Using a precise surgical technique, Mohs procedure attacks the cancer cells at their root. First your skin will be examined under the microscope. Your doctor will be able to tell the difference between the healthy and damaged cells. A Mohs surgeon can find and remove every last bit of the diseased tissue which can be performed as an out-patient procedure.

Is it possible I've had cancer before there were visible tumors?

When it comes to skin cancer, the past treatments haves primarily relied on what can be seen. However, there's more to the story than what's on the surface. The sun loves Southern California, but we can’t always handle the constant exposure. You can have a growth which goes undetected for many years. With no visible signs (especially in cases of basal-cell carcinoma), it becomes difficult for both patients and doctors alike to take the next steps.

What can I expect during Mohs skin cancer surgery?

The surgical removal of the tumor requires only a local anesthetic, for a fast and relatively simple procedure. The surgery will then remove the entire tumor, and doctors will work to repair the wound so you'll have the best cosmetic result. Having any kind of cancer can be overwhelming, but there's no need to feel intimidated when you're with us. We're here to walk you through all of your questions, so you can feel confident you're in good hands.

Which types of tumors does this surgery work best for?

This skin cancer treatment is highly recommended for those who have Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma, though it can be used to treat melanoma as well. It's perfect for large tumors or moles that are irregular in shape. You don't run the risk of having healthy skin affected which can be common in other treatments. Doctors would obviously rather be safe than sorry, but treating the undamaged skin along with the cancerous skin can leave large, embarrassing marks on the skin for years. Using Mohs to preserve healthy tissue is Westwood's top choice to keep your skin looking and feeling fantastic.

Why should I get Mohs surgical treatment at Mediterra (Medical and Laser Cosmetic Center)?

  • We are the skin cancer experts with over 20 years of experience in the field "
  • Affordable care of the highest standards.
  • Ahead of the game on the latest in surgical technologies.
  • You'll have one doctor for your treatments, from beginning to end. We take the time to get to know you. Open and honest information explained to you so you understand the procedure, and your questions are answered.
  • Proven results — healthy, radiant skin is our number one goal.


Call us now to schedule an appointment for Skin Cancer in New York‎.