Skin cancer that is detected early and removed early can be cured and can lead to little to no damage. The problem arises when the cancer becomes deeper and the tumor grows. The longer it is allowed to grow and the deeper it becomes, the more dangerous it can be and the greater the potential exists for disfiguration. This is why it is imperative to have frequent screenings for skin cancer. Below are some options available for skin cancer treatment.
If skin cancer is not treated quickly, it can metastasize and attack local lymph nodes or other tissues. This is when skin cancer becomes life-threatening. Do not waste time. If you have a suspicious growth, have a physician look at it right away and examine it under a microscope.
Thankfully, there are a number of very effective ways to destroy squamous cells and carcinoma. The skin cancer treatment that will be used will depend on the size of the tumor, its location, and its depth. Other factors like the age of the patient and the overall health of the patient will be taken into consideration.
In the vast majority of cases, skin cancer treatment is done as an outpatient procedure. Most treatments can be done using a local anesthetic. As a result, discomfort associated with the procedure is minimal.
Mohs surgery is the go-to surgical option for getting rid of skin cancer. This skin cancer treatment can be used on parts of the body that are cosmetically important as well as functionally important. This includes areas around your nose, your ears, your lips, and your genitals. Mohs surgery is often recommended by doctors in situations where the cancer is large, it is growing quickly, it is aggressive, or its edges are not distinct. It is also used in circumstances where previous skin cancer treatment did not produce the desired results.
Excisional surgery is where the doctor will remove the entire cancerous tumor with the surrounding tissue. The removed tissue is sent to a lab where it is examined to guarantee that all of the cancer has been removed. If there is still evidence of skin cancer, the patient may need to go back for a follow-up surgery.
Electrosurgery is a procedure that is used for smaller lesions. Electrocautery needles are used to stop bleeding after the cancer cells have been removed. This type of procedure is good for the removal of superficially invasive carcinomas or squamous cells. However, this is not a good option for individuals who have more invasive or aggressive types of skin cancer or individuals who have skin cancer in areas that are considered to be difficult to treat, such as the genitalia, the lips, or the ears.
Other options that your physician may recommend include photodynamic therapy, radiation therapy, topical medication, and cryosurgery. The options that your doctor offers will vary depending on the type of cancer, its severity, and its location. The sooner skin cancer is detected, the easier it can be treated. Contact Lakeside Dermatology today to schedule your consultation! We are conveniently located in Sebring and Winter Haven, FL.