Empire Dermatology provides professional services for general dermatology conditions, skin cancer treatments and cosmetic procedures. Learn more about how our services can help you today.
Empire Dermatology treats all skin diseases including:
The three most common skin cancers that make up almost 99% of all skin cancers include, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in the United States. Although melanoma makes up only 4% of skin cancers it causes about 75% of skin cancer deaths. There are a variety of treatment options for these skin cancers including, topical medications, electrodessication and cautery (also known as scrape and burn), photodynamic therapy (PDT), cryotherapy, standard excision, Mohs surgery, radiation and systemic medications. There are pros and cons to all treatments and should be determined based on cancer type, location of the cancer and patient risk factors. If you are diagnosed with a skin cancer it is important to discuss treatment options with a dermatologist who is a skin cancer specialist to review the treatment options.
Mohs surgery is a specialized technique for the total removal of skin cancers. Not all skin cancer treatments are the same and Mohs surgery is currently the most effective and advanced treatment option. The Mohs procedure is named in honor of Dr. Frederick Mohs, the physician who developed this technique. Over the years the procedure has been improved and now provides the highest cure rate while also removing the least amount of healthy tissue possible. The Mohs surgeon acts as both the surgeon and the pathologist to maintain continuity of care throughout the surgery and follow-up period. If the surgeon is not the physician analyzing the tissue specimen under the microscope, then by definition this is not Mohs surgery. This unique method includes complete microscopic examination of the surgical margins and detailed mapping of the skin cancer to allow the mohs surgeon to remove all of the cancer cells. At Empire Dermatology we endorse only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons who are recognized by the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).Learn More