Early-stage skin cancer is highly curable. The team at MDCS: Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, located in Upper East Side, Hampton Bays, Commack, Smithtown, Plainview and Manhattan, NY, diagnoses skin cancer early with annually cancer screenings, available to patients throughout the greater New York area.
Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States, with over 3.3 million Americans treated for non-melanoma skin cancer and an estimated 76,380 treated for invasive melanoma every year. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas (both non-melanoma cancers) account for most cases. Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, and also the deadliest. Fortunately, when found and removed early skin cancer is nearly always curable. Routine screenings are the key. Patients who have a personal or family history of skin cancer should be screened by a dermatologist annually. During the exam, every inch of skin will be thoroughly checked for signs of pre-cancer, including the scalp, between toes, behind the ears and the soles of the feet. Patients should remove all nail polish prior to the screening, as cancers can develop in nails and nail beds. The length of the exam depends on the number of moles a patient has. It should take only about 10 minutes for a person who’ve never had any unusual moles.
Unlike other cancers, the cause of skin cancer is known. Most cases are the result of exposure to ultraviolet rays, either from the sun or tanning beds. Individuals with a personal or family history of skin cancer, people with skin that burns or freckles easily, blue or green eyes and blond or red hair, are most susceptible. However, everyone should take preventative measures to keep their skin healthy. These include:
• Apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 before going outdoors, even when the weather is cloudy or cool.
• Avoid indoor tanning.
If a potentially cancerous mole is discovered during your screening, the dermatologist may perform a biopsy. A local anesthetic is used to numb the skin, then a sample of the suspicious tissue is removed and sent to a lab for examination under a microscope. If the biopsy reveals the presence of skin cancer, it will be removed at a later time.
*Individual Results May Vary
A wide variety of insurances are accepted to cover the cost of consultations and treatments. If you have any questions regarding whether your insurance plan is accepted and coverage, please feel free to contact our office.
"Very nice and professional doctors, they are very easy to talk to and their staff is always professional and really polite. I highly recommend them!!"
"I've only been coming here for a month, but I love how contemporary the offices are--the electronic check-in and co-pay pre-payment system is awesome."
"Dr. Amin is a superb dermatologist at a superb practice. He once got me in on very short notice for a complicated procedure, and I left feeling like he really cared."
"I have been to see most of the doctors here, and I really like this group! They are knowledgeable and truly care about my issues."
"This is a welcome change with today's healthcare environment in which Physicians have to see more patients and spend less time with their patients."
"I have a lot of moles, and have seen a lot of dermatologists. Dr. Gratch stands out as being very thorough, pleasant, and efficient. Office staff is also cool. "
"Dr. Amin did a great job reassuring me and made me feel very comfortable. He is very knowledgeable, skilled, and patient. He spent a lot of time with me."
"Anticipate patient's needs. I am surprised that there are such few great doctors like Dr. Gratch out there. I recommend Dr. Gratch for anyone with a skin issue."
"I really enjoyed my time with Dr. Engelman. She is bright, kind, and capable. She knew my diagnosis right away, but didn't rush me out of her office."
"Dr. Schadlow is bright, caring, efficient and knowledgeable. She's got great bedside manner and helped clear up my concerns. Her staff was excellent too."
"He and his associates are top notch; young, knowledgeable and caring. They respond clearly to all questions and do not rush the visit. Great all around service."
"He is also the best cosmetic surgeon I have had for repairing the skin cancer sites...He said his work is "guaranteed for life."...he saved my face if not my life."
"I have been treated by most of the doctors for my most basic skin care needs to the more elective procedures. I am confident that I am receiving the very best skin care"
"I've been a patient of both Dr. Schadlow for a few several dermatological procedures, and then Dr. Amin for mohs surgery. I found them both extremely professional."
"I've been to quite a few specialists and Dr. Gratch REALLY knows what he's talking about. Moreover, the office itself is a model of efficiency."
"The service was quick and effective. I already booked an appointment for my husband and will make sure to share with all my friends."
"I love this place. I have acne problem skin and Tamila Deveny has been helping me with my treatment. I have seen a lot of progress in my skin thanks to her."
"Dr. Amin was efficient, explained what he was doing and why, and gave me clear instructions on how to care for my skin over the long term to prevent breakouts."
"I also really like this office, the staff are really nice and professional, I did not have to wait long, and their prices are comparable to others in the city."
"The doctors assistant was very friendly as well. Dr. Schadlow was great! Very knowledgeable and caring. Overall, great experience. I was in and out in about 25 minutes."