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After I told Manhattan dermatologist and Mohs surgeon David Kriegel, MD, my concerns about a spot on my scalp that didn't seem to heal, he cut out a small piece of it and sent it to the pathology lab. It turned out to be a squamous cell carcinoma. About 700,000 of these are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, and about 2,500 people die from them. Yikes! Dr. Kriegel's office staff waited until after my birthday to call and tell me the news -- nice of them.