What Is Skin Cancer Removal?
Skin cancers are common yet concerning conditions affecting patients throughout the Sacramento, CA area. Sierra Pacific Surgical is pleased to offer the removal of basal cell skin cancer and other skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma lesions. During this procedure, our general surgeons will use precision techniques to remove the cancerous growth along with the bordering tissue. The excised (or removed) skin sample is then passed to a pathologist for further testing to determine whether or not the surrounding area is cancer-free. To learn if skin cancer surgery is the right treatment option for you, please schedule a visit at our Folsom or Roseville, CA office today.
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How Is Skin Cancer Removal Performed?
Skin cancer removal may be performed in our state-of-the-art practices or in an accredited surgical center. To help minimize scarring and promote skin health, our team takes the most minimally invasive yet thorough approach possible to skin cancer removal. Removing a raised mole on the face or removal of squamous cell carcinoma on the leg, for example, we will use a scalpel and create horizontal incisions throughout the lesion and surrounding tissue. An electrode may be used to perform a feathering process, which will smooth the edges around the wound. This helps to get rid of additional cells from the lesion and can reduce scarring. Small excisions will be sutured closed, while larger excisions may require a skin graft to cover and protect the treatment area.
Skin Cancer Removal FAQ
What are the most common forms of skin cancer?
There are three common types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma: Found mostly on areas that are most exposed to the sun, like the face, head, and neck
- Squamous cell carcinoma: Found on the outer layers of skin exposed to the sun, such as the face, head, hands, neck, and even mouth
- Melanoma: Found in the cells that create the pigmentation in the skin.
What are the most common signs and symptoms of skin cancer?
The signs and symptoms of skin cancer can vary based on the type of skin cancer presented; however, typically such things as painless spots, sores, rashes, or patches or bumps on the skin may be a sign of skin cancer. If these irregularities don't heal on their own, you may want to seek out the help of a specialist like those at Sierra Pacific Surgical.
What are some ways I can work to prevent skin cancer today?
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to prevent sun damage. A few simple steps you can take include: Wear SPF 30 or higher daily, reapply sunscreen every two hours, avoid direct sun from 10 am – 5 pm, look for a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and visit a dermatologist yearly to have your skin checked.
Skilled Skin Cancer Treatment
When diagnosed early, skin cancers are often very treatable. But without proper and timely care, these conditions may spread to other areas of the body and can be life-threatening. At Sierra Pacific Surgical, our general surgeons provide skilled surgical treatment for malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. Contact our Folsom or Roseville, CA location today to schedule a consultation and review your options for skin cancer surgery.
How Much Scarring is Involved With Skin Cancer Removal
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What Happens If I Wait Too Long For Skin Cancer Removal?
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