What Is Skin Cancer?• Skin cancer comes in all forms• Most common types include:– Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)– Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)– Melanoma• One in every six people will develop a skincancer during their lifetime
How Do I Know IfI Have Skin Cancer?• Common signs include rapid growth, bleedingeasily and non-healing• Changes in size, shape and color
Skin Cancer Treatment• Curettage and desiccation• Topical chemotherapy• Standard surgical excision• Mohs micrographic surgery• Radiation therapy
Curettage and Desiccation• Utilizes a curett to “scrape” skin cancer cellsaway• Appropriate for certain BCCs and low risk SCC
Standard Surgical Excision• A margin is drawn aroundvisible tumor and thenexcised.• Standard pathologytechnique is then used tocheck margins.• Appropriate for melanoma,BCC and many SCCs.
Radiation Therapy• Uses superficial X-rays to destroy skin cancer.Can health without a scar.• Used for very large BCC and SCC that are notgood candidates for surgery, or to decreasethe risk of metastasis.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery• Precise, tissue sparing technique utilizingspecialized excision and frozen sectionprocessing to clear tumor.• Highest skin cancer clearance rates anduseful for most BCC, SCC and certainmelanoma.