Skin cancer surgery is the leading form of treatment for all forms of skin cancer, including basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer and melanoma. Skin cancer can develop on any area of skin, but is most common on the arms, hands, neck and face.

Surgery to remove skin cancer is often recommended soon after the detection of a growth. Treating the mass in its early stages, before it has the chance to spread, is the ideal form of treatment for skin cancer. If left untreated, certain forms of skin cancer can spread and infect other tissues and organs, potentially leading to fatal consequences. Several factors increase your risk of developing skin cancer, including:

• Excessive sun exposure
• Light complexion, hair and eye color
• Family predisposition
• Are over the age of 50

The extent of the procedure necessary during skin cancer removal depends on the type, size and stage of the cancerous cells. In general, skin cancer is removed through a wide local excision of the cancerous growth. In some situations, lymph nodes may also be removed during your procedure so we can determine the extent to which the cancer has spread throughout the body, if at all. Any lymph nodes afflicted with cancer will be removed.

Depending on the stage and size of the cancerous growth reconstructive surgery may be required following its removal. We will provide you with information concerning skin grafts and other cosmetic surgery options.

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