Skin Cancer Treatment
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US and affects over 3 million people each year. One in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This condition involves an abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells that can form anywhere on the body, although it most commonly affects skin that is exposed to the sun. Risk factors include pale skin, family history of melanoma, age, and regular sun exposure.
The most common types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma – 80-85% of all skin cancers. Basal cell carcinoma affects cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis.
- Squamous cell carcinoma – 10% of all skin cancers. Squamous cell carcinoma affects cells in the middle layer of the epidermis.
- Melanoma – 1% of all skin cancers. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Fortunately, skin cancer is usually treatable if detected early. Skin cancer treatment depends on the type, size, and location of the cancer.
Treatment options for skin cancer include cryosurgery (freezing diseased cells), radiation therapy, topical medication, laser therapy, or Mohs surgery, which is a specialized and precise treatment for the removal of basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.
ED&C (Electrodessication and Cutterage)
Mohs Micrographic Surgery