Skin Cancer

Performing safe and effective surgical procedures for any skin cancer type


Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.
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More than 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.

It is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, the cure rate for skin cancer is nearly 100% if it is found and treated early. If you notice a new growth on your skin (including moles, cysts and abscesses) or any changes in an existing skin lesion or growth, have it checked as soon as possible.
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Three Types of Skin Cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma


The most common type of skin cancer first appears as a small pink lump or patch. Although most common on sun-exposed areas such as the face and arms, it can also develop in non-sun-exposed areas. People with light-colored skin and blue eyes are more prone to this cancer.
Squamos Cell Carcinoma


Similar to basal cell carcinoma and found predominatly on sun-exposed light-skinned individuals. Squamous cell carcinoma appears as a pink-red lump or scaly patch. Although it has a slight tendency to spread, it is generally easily treated if detected early.
Malignant Melanoma


The most serious form of skin cancer and can spread throughout the body. Early detection is key for successful treatment.

Surgical Procedures

Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers Surgery

This is similar to an excisional biopsy but in this case the diagnosis is already known. For this procedure, the skin is first numbed with a local anesthetic. The tumor is then cut out with a surgical knife, along with some surrounding normal skin. The remaining skin is carefully stitched back together, which will leave a scar.

Melanoma Skin Cancer Surgery

When melanoma is diagnosed by skin biopsy, more surgery will probably be needed to help make sure the cancer has been removed (excised) completely. This fairly minor operation will cure most thin melanomas.

At Surgical Associates, we use the latest surgical methods and techniques to remove all kinds of skin cancers. Learn more about state-of-the-art skin cancer treatment at Surgical Associates.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the warning signs of skin cancer?

    Because skin cancers are caused by the uncontrolled growth of skin cells, the first presentation is usually a visible change in a person's skin. Consult a trained physician immediately if you observe any of these warning signs associated with common skin cancers:

    • Basal cell carcinoma: Shiny nodule or pimple; a sore that won't heal; a scar-like area or rough red patches.
    • Squamous cell carcinoma: Crusted red nodules (typically on sun-exposed skin but can also occur inside the mouth or the genitalia).
    • Melanoma: A growing mole that changes shape, color or size; a mole that bleeds or is painful; a new "mole" that grows rapidly; a dark streak or black discoloration of the fingernail.

  • How can I know if I have skin cancer?

    If you have a mole or other skin lesion that is causing you concern, show it to your health care provider. He or she will check your skin and may ask you to see another doctor to have the mole or bump removed. Whatever is removed will be sent to a laboratory to be viewed under a microscope. The results will be back at your clinic within two weeks.

  • Can skin cancer be prevented?

    In many cases, skin cancer can be prevented. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid too much sun and sunburns. Health care providers believe that ultraviolet rays (UV rays) from the sun damage the skin and over time lead to skin cancer.



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