Skin cancer removal should be performed by a dermatologic surgeon and board-certified dermatologist. The tumor must be fully removed to prevent a chance of recurrence. Depending on the location, size, nature and type of skin cancer, the doctor will make a diagnosis and prepare a treatment plan for removal of the tumor.
Surgery for skin cancer is a common procedure. If the tumor is small and uncomplicated, a local anesthetic may be used. For larger tumors will need an operation.
Types of Surgical Removal for Cancerous Skin Tissue and Tumors:
- Curettage and Electrosurgery
- Mohs Micrographic Surgery
- Wide Local Excision (To Remove Melanoma Mostly)
- Skin Grafting
- Lymph Node Removal in cases of metastasis
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a type of skin cancer including but not limited to basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma or other deadlier forms of skin cancer, consult with one of skin cancer surgeons and dermatologists regarding the best course of treatment for you.
If you are an individual who notices new growths of moles frequently due to natural disposition, genetics or even sun exposure, it is important to keep an eye on such developments on your skin. Even old moles that were once examined by a dermatologist, should be re-examined annually for changes in shape, size, texture and elevation.
While moles themselves result from the growth of pigment cells called melanocytes which grow in clusters. Common moles are typically 5 mm wide in a round or oval shape, and have a smooth surface. Common moles can evolve into cancerous moles called melanoma. Melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer. Individuals with over 50 moles are at increased risk for developing this type of cancer.
Things to Watch Out For
If your mole changes in color, size, texture, height or the skin’s surface becomes dry or scaly, you should let your doctor know. If the mole becomes hardened or lumpy, starts to itch or bleeds or oozes, those are also warning signs of an evolving mole.
Dysplastic Nevus is a Mole that Looks Different from a Common One
If your mole is larger than 5 mm, and is a mixture of various colors including pink and dark brown you should have your dermatologist examine your skin. This type of mole is called dysplastic nevus.
In the event, your evaluation or examination lead your doctor to assess that the mole should be removed, a biopsy will be performed.
Sun exposure can create and expand the development of cancerous cells. Since the sun’s UV light causes damage to the skin and eyes, there are warning signs to be on the lookout for. Click here to learn more about skin cancer, the removal methods, the types of cancer cells and more.
Sun exposure can cause benign tumors. If you notice freckles, yellow discoloration, pigmentation that is botchy or patchy, or dilated blood vessels under the skin, you may want to be seen by a board-certified dermatologist. Skin lesions can also develop in various forms prior to turning into full blown skin cancer. Such precancerous skin lesions include actinic keratosis which is typically found on the face, ears, scalp, arms and legs.