Like all forms of cancer, if left undetected and/or untreated, skin cancer will spell danger for anyone who inherits it. And long before any dangers need occur, there are numerous preventative measures that can be taken to minimize the risk of contracting skin cancer as far as possible. Skin Cancer Removal, in the meantime, takes on different forms. The procedures followed will all be influenced by the early or late diagnoses made and the complexities and/or severities of the condition.
But all the skin cancer removal options do have one overriding thing in common. You will be hard pressed to name a single skin cancer treatment regime that does not require surgery. You should also note that the more complex the surgical procedure, as prescribed by the dermatologist, the more likely the occurrence of side effects. But in saying that, these can be managed under strict supervision of the specialist practitioner.
Perhaps it is worthwhile mentioning something else that all the procedures have in common. For those who are decidedly image conscious, it may be unsettling for them to note that in most cases, there will be scarring. Again, such effects can be treated through qualified cosmetic applications. All skin cancer removal procedures, again, will be influence by the severity of the condition. Surgery may still be required for those cancers that do not spread.
But thereafter, no further treatment may be required. Melanoma is one of the more aggressive skin cancers and like the others, it may require further extensive surgery. For instance, if lymph nodes in close proximity to the cancer become enlarged, the surgeon may deem it prudent to remove these. You may read little into this in getting the impression that should the lymph nodes not be removed, there is always the danger that the cancer could spread.
Among the surgical procedures that could be prescribed are the following. Mohs surgery was originally developed to remove cancer tumors whilst preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. And an excision may appear to be quite straightforward in the sense that all the surgeon needs to do is utilize his scalpel to remove the visible cancerous growth from the skin’s surface. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, may be required in those instances where previous surgical procedures or indeed, the cancerous growth, has left the patient with severe scarring or disfiguration.
During curettage or electrodessication, a skin lesion is removed by using a curette. This is a long and thin surgical instrument with a small scoop at the end used to scrape the visible cancerous growth. Finally, cryosurgery or cryotherapy, uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy the cancerous cells. This is a surgical technique that may be repeated several times before the cancer removal treatment is deemed to have been completed.
And then of course, laser therapy could also be given due consideration by the specialist medical practitioner, assuming of course, that he is gifted with the technology and expertise.