Skin cancer is the most common cancer in humans. Basal cell carcinomas are rarely fatal, but have the potential to invade other tissues and result in serious physical deformations and cosmetic abnormalities. Squamous cell carcinomas manifest similarly to basal cell carcinomas, but are often times more aggressive and tend to ulcerate. They can develop from untreated areas of actinic keratosis, areas of scaly, thick patches of skin. Most often these lesions appear on areas frequently exposed to sunlight. Melanoma is a less common form of skin cancer but also one of the most fatal types of cancer. It is caused by an overproliferation of melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation, and is highly prone to metastasis. Doctors Gary and Kristina Goldenberg are experts in early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers and precancerous lesions.

If you have a new growth, a rapidly growing or changing growth or mole, contact Goldenberg Dermatology immediately — early detection and treatment is very important. If the doctor believes that the lesion is a form of cancer, a biopsy will be performed. In case the results indicate this growth needs to be treated, the next step is to surgically treat the affected area. Depending on the size, location and type of skin cancer, a variety of approaches may be taken.

Our doctors specialize in surgical treatment of skin cancers and precancerous lesions. Shave Excision surgery is performed to remove a skin lesion which may be pre-cancerous or already in an early stage of malignancy. Stiches are not required for this procedure. Electrodessication and curettage is a technique to treat basal and squamous cell skin cancer. Stiches are not required for this procedure. For the most dangerous skin cancers and precancerous lesions, a surgical excision may be performed by one of our doctors. This technique usually requires stiches. All of these procedures are safely done under local anesthesia in the comfort of the Goldenberg Dermatology office.

Reviewed by Dr. Goldenberg