Most skin cancers occur on the head and neck area, as these areas are most frequently exposed to sunlight. Other possible factors can include radiation, trauma, arsenic exposure, immunosuppressants, skin diseases, and certain chemicals.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Once a suspicious area appears, your doctor may wish to sample it by doing a biopsy to determine what it is. This will help determine which method or therapy would be most successful for treating it. The standard treatment methods include:
- Topical cream
- Cryo-surgery (freezing the tumor)
- Electrodesiccation and curettage (burning the tumor with an electric needle)
- Radiation therapy
- Mohs surgery
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
Meet Our Team
The Mass Eye and Ear Skin Cancer and Mohs Surgery Center team specializes in treating patients with basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and melanoma, as well as advanced surgical techniques for skin cancer removal. Our team unites the expertise of our specialists in head and neck surgery, Mohs surgery, medical oncology, surgical oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, ophthalmic plastic surgery, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, among others to provide the utmost care to patients with high risk skin cancers.
Did you know?
Skin cancers are the most common cancers in the United States. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma make up the majority of them.
Most skin cancers occur on the head and neck area, as these areas are the most frequently exposed to sunlight, which is an important factor in their development.
In addition to sun exposure, other possible causative factors include radiation, trauma, arsenic exposure, immunosuppression, some skin diseases, and certain chemicals.
Patients who have had at least one skin cancer are at an increased risk to develop others.