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Difference Between Basal vs. Squamous Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma are two of the most common skin cancers and it is important to know the differences between the two. As the number one most common form of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma is found most often on, but not limited to sun-exposed areas of the skin such as the head, face, neck and shoulders, and may look like an open sore, reddish patch, or waxy growth with an elevated border and slight indentation in the center.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer and also occurs most often on sun-exposed skin, but can be distinguished from Basal Cell Carcinoma because it appears as scaly red patches with irregular boarders. It can also appear as a wart-like growth or an open sore. This form of cancer can bleed easily if irritated or disturbed because of how sensitive and delicate the skin becomes in cancerous areas. People with physical characteristics denoted from their genetics with light or freckled skin, light eyes or hair, or those that have difficulty achieving a tan have an increased risk of developing either Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

As a fellowship-trained skin cancer surgeon, Long Island Deramologist Dr. Cameron Rokhsar has an expertise in treating skin cancer through Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs surgery is a highly effective and precise treatment for not only Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, but also has a 99 percent cure rate for certain tumors. Because of Dr. Rokhsar’s specialized training in cosmetic surgery, he strives for minimal scars through advanced closure techniques and superior attention to detail for facial creases.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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