Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Why Do You Get Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is one of the three most common types of skin cancers found in the United States. It’s twice as likely to occur in men and is often diagnosed in patients over the age of fifty, though in recent years, more and more people are being diagnosed younger. So who gets this cancer and what can you do to Continue reading

What are the Different Types of Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It has many risk factors including UV radiation from sun exposure and devices like tanning beds, but is usually one of the easiest cancer types to treat, with many treatments boosting cure rates of over 90 percent. “The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal Continue reading

Once I’ve Had a Skin Cancer, Can I Ever Get Another One?

Two common skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Both of these have a variety of treatment options available for patients, as well as a low recurrence rate once they’ve been treated, but once you’ve had one instance of skin cancer, does that mean you’re more at risk for a recurrence? What about another form of skin Continue reading

How Does Mohs Surgery Compare To Radiation For Skin Cancer Treatment?

There are many ways to treat skin cancer, each with its benefits and risks. “It’s important that patients be informed of their options,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, Dermatologist and skin cancer expert in Austin, Texas. “It is important that patients be aware of all their options and alternative treatments, to ensure they are receiving the optimal treatment for condition.” Is Continue reading

Mohs Surgery – Withstanding the Test of Time

What is it Mohs Surgery? Mohs surgery has been around since the 1930s. Even with all of the incredible advancements we have experienced in the decades since then, Mohs is still considered the most effective treatment for both squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas. The success rate for this procedure is about 99%. That’s not too shabby. It also has Continue reading

What Makes A Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin More Aggressive?

Being told you have skin cancer is alarming to say the least, but if you’ve been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), exactly how worried should you be? Of the three most common types of skin cancer, SCC is considered less serious than melanoma, but more serious than basal cell carcinoma, which very rarely spreads,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, a Continue reading

What are the Risks of Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer?

For many patients with skin cancer, radiation therapy can be a safe, effective cancer treatment. Radiation therapy is often used to treat basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer; squamous cell carcinoma, the second-most common form of skin cancer; and in some instances, melanoma, one of the most serious forms of skin cancer. While radiation therapy may Continue reading

Causes and Risks of Basal Cell Carcinoma

What is Basal Cell Carcinoma? Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most frequently occurring type of skin cancer. Fortunately, this type of skin cancer almost never spreads beyond the original site. It has spread and become life-threatening only in rare cases.  Still, Basal Cell Carcinoma isn’t something to be taken lightly. “These tumors are locally destructive,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, Continue reading

How do sunburns increase your risk of skin cancer?

Decades ago, women were encouraged to lay out in the sun with their skin slathered in baby oil. Many claim this fashion movement was first started by Coco Chanel, the trendsetter who helped make tanned skin so desirable. “Bronzed skin became a status symbol. It was a sign of ultimate leisure, and those who could afford to travel to tropical vacation Continue reading

It’s Don’t “Fry Day” Friday

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has allocated the month of May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month. In order to raise awareness of the dangers of overexposure to the UV rays of the sun, the Council has named the Friday prior to Memorial Day, “Don’t Fry Day,” to remind people to protect their skin while outdoors, and to encourage Continue reading

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