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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.

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Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is the founder and owner of Cosmetic Laser Skin & Surgery Center. With degrees from Harvard University and NYU, along with multiple publications and media features, the double board-certified dermatologist and laser surgeon proudly shares his expertise with patients in Garden City, Manhattan, and those who fly in to receive treatment at his offices. Dr. Rokhsar has worked extensively with Vbeam laser, Thermitight, Coolsculpting, and Fraxel laser technology, as well as Allergan and other injectable brands. He pioneered the Non-Surgical Nose Job and continues to be a leader in his field.

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