Medical Dermatology

Medical Dermatology

Skin Cancer / Mohs Surgery

More than two million Americans develop skin cancer every year.  Luckily, the majority of the cancers are caught early and patients have an excellent chance for a cure.  The majority of skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.  These are typically treated in the office by surgery.  The rarest, and deadliest type of skin cancer is malignant melanoma. 

It's important to see your dematologist for annual skin screenings.  If caught early by your dermatologist, melanoma can be removed.  Unfortunately, some melanomas are not noticed until they have spread and this can have dire consequences.

Dr Sharata and his staff are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.  They can tailor therapy to achieve optimum results for a cure.  Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis in the office, including MOHS micrographic surgery.

What is the best defense against skin cancer?

  • avoiding overexposure to the sun (including tanning) is the best way to avoid skin cancer.
  • avoiding the intense midday sun and wearing SPF of 15 or higher.  
  • wearing sun protective clothing, such as a wide brimmed hat.  
  • wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Our skin has memory, and early childhood burns carry the biggest risk. Other contributing factors include: repeated medical and industrial x-ray exposure, scarring from burns or diseases, exposure to coal tar and arsenic compounds and a family history of skin cancer. Fair-skinned people who sunburn easily are at higher risk. 

Schedule your skin exam today!