Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 500,000 new cases reported each year.
Anyone can contract skin cancer regardless of age, race, or skin type.
The primary cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiation. UV radiation is emitted by the sun and also artificial sources such as sunlamps and tanning booths. 80% of skin cancer lesions appear on the face, head, or neck. Following the removal of a skin cancer lesion, reconstruction may be necessary to restore the normal contour of the skin or face.
Skin cancer is diagnosed by removing all or part of a growth and having a pathologist examine it under a microscope. If the cancer is minor, it can be removed in the office under local anesthesia. If the cancer is major or has spread to the lymph nodes, a more extensive surgery in the hospital may be required.
Skin Cancer Follow-up
Following the excision of skin cancer lesions and the reconstruction of your skin or face, regular follow-up appointments with our plastic surgeon are necessary for both suture removal and evaluation for possible skin cancer recurrence.
These appointments are a vital part of your treatment. As a part of your prevention regimen, it is also important to wear sunscreen every day.
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