There are three basic forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.

Doctors link these forms of cancer to overexposure to the sun. Tanning booths can also increase your risk, as can exposure to radiation or high altitude.

Because each type of skin cancer has a different look, effect and treatment, it is important to alert your physician if you notice unusual changes in the size and shape of spots, the coloration of your skin or the sensitivity and comfort of your body. Time is of the essence, and when caught early, many forms of skin cancer can be successfully treated.  Anyone can be diagnosed with skin cancer at any age.

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Skin Cancer: BCC & SCC

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are the two most common forms of skin cancer. BCC is the most common type of skin cancer accounting for about 80% of all skin cancers. SCC is responsible for about 15% of all skin cancers. Both of these types of...

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Skin Cancer: Melanoma

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. It comes from the cells in the skin that produce pigment called melanocytes. Melanoma is a potentially deadly skin cancer. Fortunately, it can usually be treated effectively if it is identified and treated in its early stages. What is the prognosis for melanoma?...

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Treatments for Skin Cancer

Mohs surgery Mohs micrographic surgery is a treatment for skin cancer. Dr. Frederick Mohs at the University of Wisconsin developed it in the 1930's. This specialized surgical technique is often used to treat the two most common forms of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Of...

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Post-Operative Care

Caring for Wounds with Stitches Clean & Bandage the Wound Leave the initial bandage in place and keep the area completely dry for 24 hours unless otherwise advised. Clean with tap water and a Q-tip twice a day. After cleaning apply white petrolatum (Vaseline) or bacitracin (Polysporin) to keep the...

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Surgery FAQs

How long will the surgery take? Most patients complete the process in about four hours. However, you should plan to spend the entire day at the clinic. Bring food and a book or something else to pass the time. Will there be a scar? There will be a scar. Generally...

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