Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer, affecting 1 in 5 Americans over their lifetime. Skin cancers are typically divided into non-melanoma (basal cell and squamous cell cancers) and melanoma

A skin biopsy is taken to make a diagnosis, and once diagnosed, there are a variety ways to treat skin cancer.  Treating skin cancer depends on the size, location, and stage of your cancer, whether it has spread, and your overall general health.  Our surgeons work with a team of physicians that may include a dermatologist, radiation oncologist, and or medical oncologist,to determine the best treatment plan.  Examples of the three most common skin cancers are shown below:

Basal cell cancer
Example of a basal cell cancer of the of the nose

Squamous cell cancer
Example of a squamous cell cancer of the right temple

Melanoma
Example of a melanoma of the right cheek

Most commonly, skin cancers are removed with surgery, and our surgeons are experts in facial reconstruction after skin cancer removal.  The goals of reconstruction are to restore form and preserve function in a manner that results in the best outcome for you.

Basal cell cancer before and after
Photos demonstrate a young woman who underwent removal of a basal cell cancer of her left cheek. The photo on the left is after her Mohs surgery cancer removal, and on the right is six months after her cheek reconstruction. 

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