Skin Cancer Treatment in St Louis, MO - West County
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and almost always appears on skin that receives excessive sun exposure. The three most common forms of skin cancer are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Not all skin cancer is fatal and early detection has proven to be a key factor in its treatment.
Skin cancer can occur in anyone, anywhere, but is more likely to occur in people whose work or lifestyle exposes them to direct sunlight on a regular basis. Though skin cancer occurs less often in people with darker complexions than in those with fair complexions, dark-skinned people are at higher risk for cancer in areas of the body not normally exposed to the sun.
What are the treatment options?
Treatment options for skin cancer depend on its size, type, and location. Small skin cancers appearing on the surface of the skin may need only minor surgery. Other, deeper cancers may require more extensive treatment options, which include:
- Cryotherapy (freezing)
- Excisional surgery
- Mohs micrographic surgery
- Curettage and electrodesiccation combined with cryotherapy
- Photodynamic therapy
- Biological therapy
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