Skin Cancer And Treatments
Skin cancer affects more people worldwide than any other form of cancer. As such, skin screenings should be performed routinely as a preventive measure for common skin cancers such as basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and melanomas as well as for more rare forms of skin cancer such as merkel cell carcinoma, various sarcomas, or others.
Types Of Cancer
- Actinic Keratosis (precancers) (AK)
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
- Bowens disease (SCCis)
- Merkel Cell Carcinoma, various sarcomas, and other rare skin cancers.
Detection And Treatment
Early detection and treatment of a problematic growths often increases the chances of a successful cure and can prevent further progression. Early detection may also prevent the need for more complex treatments (such as chemotherapy and radiation) that have well-known adverse side effects that may impact quality of life.
Dr Divine offers skin cancer treatments include cryosurgery, electrodessication and curettage (ED&C), surgical excision, Mohs micrographic surgery, direct chemotherapy injections, and use of topical chemotherapy creams, such as Efudex(fluorouracil) and Aldara (imiquimod).
You will be asked to come in for a consultation before having surgery to examine the skin cancer, obtain a medical history, review your medications, and determine whether Mohs surgery is the best treatment plan for your unique needs.
Before the start of surgery, Dr. Divine will review the procedure’s steps with you and obtain an informed consent. If you need clarification or further answers, feel free to ask the doctors or staff at this time. If excess anxiety is a concern, you may be given medication to make you more comfortable.