The Dangers of Skin Cancer & Proper Treatment

Skin cancer is a highly dangerous and fatal ailment. If left undetected and untreated, there is a potential for the cancer or tumor to spread to other areas of the body. Within the various types of cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and metatypical basal cell, there have been advancements in skin cancer treatment, and the technology used to eliminate it.

In order to determine the best course of action, your dermatologist will evaluate you and diagnose your skin condition first. A biopsy, dermascoping or mole mapping may be utilized to reach a diagnosis.

Mohs surgery is a popular choice selected by many dermatologic surgeons to remove a tumor on the skin especially when it is present on the face or neck. More importantly, Mohs surgery is as effective as it is safe, that even older adults can be relieved about the success rates. The dermatologic surgeons use care and caution when creating a microscopic excision in the skin to remove the tumor and preserve as much healthy tissue as possible at the same time. They must make sure that all of the tumor has been removed from the skin tissue. While it is a delicate task, it is accomplished routinely by our expert dermatologists and surgeons. Other techniques are also readily available for skin cancer removal and treatment. These include:

Cryosurgery is applied to abnormal growths to freeze the cancerous cells.
Curettage and Desiccation: The skin cancer surgeon will use a curette, which is similar in appearance to a spoon, to remove the abnormal cells. An electrical current is then applied to kill the remaining cancerous cells.
Topical Prescription Creams for patients who cannot undergo surgery.
Radiation Therapy can be used for areas which are difficult to treat with surgery alone.
Surgical Removal is also another option for removing the cancerous tissue or tumor.