Basal Skin Cancer Removal

Basal Skin Cancer

Basal skin cancer removal can be done using a number of different methods, and the specific treatment used to remove the cancerous cells will depend on the size and location of the tumor, your age and health, and other factors as well. Out of the three types of skin cancer the basal variety is the least dangerous, and is usually very slow to grow and does not metastasize. The cancer can be removed using traditional surgery, but this may not be an option for many people who may be old or can not handle general anesthesia. Fortunately there are many other ways to remove basal skin cancer, and there are options that will work for anyone.

Melanoma skin cancer should be removed as soon as possible with surgery, because of how quickly this type of cancer can spread. This is not the case with basal skin cancer, so it is possible to try less invasive methods initially to see if they will work. For smaller basal tumors and lesions topical cream scan be used on the affected skin, and almost ninety percent of patients who use these creams will eliminate all of the cancer without other treatments being needed. Basal skin cancer on face is usually treated this way first, because the creams do not scar, but they are extremely painful and will cause considerable swelling while being used.

Basal skin cancer may also be removed using curettage and electrodesiccation, where the tissue is removed and then electricity destroys any cells that remain. Mohs surgery involves removing the skin by individual layers and then checking each layer microscopically for cancer cells. The excision continues until a layer is cancer free. Skin cancer on scalp areas may benefit from cryosurgery, where the abnormal area is frozen off, and from photodynamic therapy. If you have skin cancer and it is the basal type discuss all of your cancer removal options with your doctor to evaluate the best method for you.