Heights Dermatology and Laser
Dermatologists located in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY
Dr. Avram helps numerous patients throughout New York City and in the Brooklyn and Manhattan areas from Heights Dermatology. Dr. Avram provides important dermatological services including cancer screenings for early detection and treatment.
Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment Q & A
What is Done During a Skin Screening?
Skin cancer screenings are conducted by Dr Avram to help locate any areas of which might be potentially cancerous. The screenings include a thorough assessment of the person’s skin and if a troubling area is discovered, a biopsy may be performed. A biopsy is a procedure used to collect a sample of the area in order to analyze it and determine if malignant cells are present. Since early detection of skin cancer is crucial to successful treatment, self-exams as well as annual skin screenings are exceptionally important.
How Long Will the Skin Screening Take?
The screening usually takes roughly 10- 20 minutes, depending on what is found and if the patient is also being screened for other skin conditions. When examining specific areas more closely or performing a biopsy, it may take longer. The goal is to ensure that a thorough screening is to ensure no area missed and the skin screening will assess the entire body. These screenings are done in private.
Do I Really Have to Go Every Year?
A person’s skin can change a lot in 12 months’ time and it is important to routinely examine the skin in order to spot any troubling developments in their earliest stages. Performing self-exams is also greatly encouraged. If a change is noticed, proceed to the dermatologist as quickly as you can. Additionally, for people who have a family history of skin cancer, have had skin cancer previously, or have a large number of moles, skin screening should be performed every three months.
What Treatments Are Used?
The treatment used will depend in the type of cancer that is affecting the skin. The choice of treatment will take into account the tumor’s type, location, size, and depth of penetration in addition to the patient's age and overall health. Treatment options include:
- Photodynamic Therapy
- Topical chemotherapy
- Excisional surgery
- Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Please contact our office to verify acceptance of your plan. Qualifications for insurance coverage may differ due to the uniqueness of each procedure.
Words from our patients
Doctor Marc Avram is the best.