How is Skin Cancer Treated?

Skin cancer is exceptionally common and if left untreated can easily become deadly. When a patient presents to our offices with a potential site of cancer, our skin doctors in San Fernando Valley will employ a wide range of potential treatments. The exact treatment can vary on the type of cancer, but here is a look at a couple common treatments.

Pre-Cancerous Actinic Keratosis

Approximately 58 million Americans have these lesions on their skin that, if left untreated, will likely turn into cancer. Treating this can be done with freezing the skin at that location using liquid nitrogen, or can also be treated just with topical medications. Other methods are also available.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

These forms of cancer generally require local anesthesia to treat and generally involve cutting the cancerous lesion out. The most effective treatment for these is Mohs micrographic surgery, eliminating the cancer 98 percent of the time. But there are other methods for cutting the material out using different instruments and sometimes burning the site to kill any missed cells to prevent their replication.

Melanoma

Treating this cancer usually begins with cutting the site out using different methods, including Mohs when combined with a special chemical stains to help illuminate the cancerous cells. If caught early enough, this treatment should be enough to stop the cancer from spreading.

To get the treatment you need, contact our expert in skin cancer treatment in San Fernando Valley for a physical and, if called for, a biopsy.

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