What is skin cancer excision and how is it done?
If skin cancer is detected in a patient it must be removed as early as possible. The faster we remove the cancerous skin tissue the less likelihood there will be of the cancerous cells spreading to other parts of the body. Certain cancers such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma require excision be done.
Excision is the removal of a skin cancer along with some of the healthy skin tissue around it. This allows us to have a healthy margin of error, as we can never be too safe and would like to ensure that we removed all of the cancer.
After the cancerous tissue is removed, we close the incision. In certain cases, a skin graft may be required to cover a scar or any depressions in the skin.
This procedure is the best option for those patients suffering from basal cell cancer or squamous cell carcinoma, as it is important to try to save as much skin as possible.
What is Mohs Micrographic surgery?
Mohs surgery involves the removal of skin cancer one layer at a time. After removal, each layer is examined under a microscope immediately, allowing us to examine each layer and detect the presence of cancerous cells.
Mohs surgery allows for the least amount of skin tissue be removed, as each preceding layer is examined for cancer. Because of this, it’s the best procedure for skin cancer on the face or any other vital area of the body.
Early Detection is Key
In the event that skin cancer is detected, we will go over a course of treatment tailored completely to your specific needs. Depending on the location, the type of cancer, as well as how advanced the cancer may be. It is in your best interests to detect skin cancer as early as possible, so we advise frequent trips to the dermatologist. If you spot the presence of some abnormal growths on the skin or anything that looks irregular alert us immediately and come in for an examination.