SKIN CANCER SURGERY
Skin Cancer Surgery: What You Need to Know
The most common type of cancer in America today is skin cancer with more than 3.5 million people diagnosed in the country every year. Most types of skin cancers are formed due to excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays and will often require skin cancer surgery. These UV rays are obtained from the sun or other sources and can be avoided through proper knowledge and safety practices.
If you are experiencing skin lesions, moles with uneven color, moles that have changed in size or asymmetric borders, visiting a trusted dermatologist as soon as you can would be best. Let’s learn more about the types of skin cancer below.
Yearly Skin Cancer Treatment Screening
One of the first steps in your skin cancer treatment is to undergo a full body scan from a trusted dermatologist. They will be looking for moles on your body which shows signs of irregularity. Through the consultation, the dermatologist will perform a biopsy on suspicious lesions by taking out a tiny sample to find out if it is cancerous or not. If detected, they will develop a treatment plan on how to get rid of it and prevent it from happening again moving forward.
Options for Treatment of Skin Cancer
There are several options when it comes to the medical solutions for treating skin cancer. For those that have non-melanoma types of skin cancers, the Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the standard choice to get the best cure rate.
You can also get surgical excision for Malignant Melanomas including non-melanoma skin cancers affecting the legs and arms.
We at Advanced Dermatology make use of in-depth skin cancer treatments to treat all kinds of skin cancer. We will discuss with you the various treatment options available once we have diagnosed the type of skin cancer condition you have.
Types of Skin Cancer
Basal Cell Carcinoma or BCC
This is the most common among the types of skin cancer today with 3/4th of skin cancer patients suffering from Basal Cell Carcinoma. Although BCC is rarely life-threatening as this type tends to grow on the skin without affecting the lymph nodes or other parts of the body, it can grow quite deep and large. Serious cases can cause major damage to the body especially the head and the neck areas. This type of skin cancer often occurs in areas that have repeatedly experienced sunburns or exposure to the sun. People as young as 20 years old can get BCC.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma or SCC
The second most common type of skin cancer after BCC, the Squamous Cell Carcinoma can turn out to be quite dangerous especially if the nose, ears and lips are affected. Compared to the BCC, SCC can infect lymph nodes close to it and is responsible more than 2,500 deaths in the USA every year.
Malignant Melanoma or MM
The last type of known skin cancer is the Malignant Melanoma which can be invasive and spread immediately to parts of the body such as the liver, lungs and even the brain. 50% of melanoma cases occur in the moles that already exist in a person’s skin and the other half comes out as new lesions with black or brown color. Getting diagnosis and skin cancer treatment early is important in order to cure this. The good news is that most melanomas identified early can be treated easily.
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