Skin cancers are the most common type of cancer in the world, but fortunately, most are highly treatable and many can be cured when treated early. For people in Bradenton with skin cancer or pre-cancerous lesions on their skin, surgery is often the most effective means of treatment. Excising a skin cancer can help ensure it has been fully removed and prevent it from recurring again or spreading in the future.
Did you know…
that skin cancers are by far the most common type of cancer in the world? Every year, approximately 5 million seek treatment for skin cancer in the U.S. Most of those are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, but approximately 74,000 new cases of melanoma are also diagnosed on an annual basis. Together, there are more new cases of skin cancer every year than those of breast, lung, colon and prostate cancer combined.
Only your doctor can diagnose a skin cancer and determine its type. Symptoms vary according to the type of cancer, with some symptoms mimicking other benign conditions. For example, basal cell carcinomas typically take on a pearly or waxy appearance, but remain flesh colored or brown-hued. A squamous cell carcinoma, however will become firm and take on a scaly or crusty texture. Squamous cell cancers also tend to be reddened.
The most dangerous skin cancer – melanoma – typically appears as a dark brown spot or mole, often with an irregular border. The inside of the lesion may vary in hue, and it may bleed. Melanomas tend to grow quickly and may rapidly change shape, size or texture. While not all skin changes indicate cancer, it is important to seek medical attention for any new lesions or moles – especially those that change in appearance over time.
During an excision, your skin will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Using a surgical knife, the surgeon will remove the tumor or lesion, being careful to excise around all borders. Only healthy skin will remain, which will be stitched back together to heal. In cases where a skin cancer is at risk of spreading, a separate procedure may be necessary to remove surrounding lymph nodes for biopsy.
Many people with skin cancer in Bradenton are cured after having the cancer excised and removed. Depending on the types of cancer and how advanced it is, however, additional treatments may be necessary, such as radiation or chemotherapy.