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   Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. It can be found in any area of the body, but a large number of them occur in exposed parts of the body e.g. face, neck, arms, and hands. Anybody can get skin cancer, but it is most common in Caucasians. Ultraviolet rays from the sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds are primary reasons for skin cancer.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer
in their lifetime.

This translates into over 55 million Americans.
One in 75 will develop melanoma, the often-fatal form of skin cancer, and if the current trends hold true, the percentage will be higher still.

Melanoma incidence has increased by 1200% since the 1930s. In teenagers it has increased by 100% in the past 10 years alone. It is the most common cancer in women under 30. Deaths from melanoma continue to rise despite newer treatment modalitites.

Fortunately, most basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas can often be completely cured by fairly minor surgery and sometimes by application of medicines to the skin surface. There are many different kinds of surgery for these cancers.

The type of treatment chosen depends on how large the cancer is, where it is found on the body, and the specific type of nonmelanoma skin cancer. For certain squamous cell cancers with a high risk of spreading, surgery may sometimes be followed by radiation or chemotherapy. Early melanoma can be excised with excellent cure rate, late stage melanoma however often poses poor prognosis.

sin cancer cells

Simple excision (this is the same as an excisional biopsy): The tumor is cut out with a surgical knife, along with some surrounding normal skin. The remaining skin is carefully stitched back together. This will leave a scar.

Simple excision with wound closure is still the gold standard for treating a majority of skin cancers of trunk and extremities. Sometimes, the skin cancer of facial areas can also be effectively excised. With careful and skillful stitching technique, the resulting scar often looks very well. We often burry the sutures under the skin so the cosmetic result is superior to that created by traditional stitching technique.

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