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Skin cancer treatment

Skin cancer is  the most common type of cancer. If you have skin cancer, it is important to know which type you have because it affects your skin cancer treatment options and your prognosis.

It starts from cells that begin as normal skin cells and transform into those with the potential to reproduce in an out-of-control manner. Unlike other cancers, the vast majority of skin cancers have no potential to spread to other parts of the body (metastasize) and become life-threatening.

skin cancer treatment

skin cancer treatment

There are two major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (the most common) and squamous cell carcinoma (the second most common).Melanoma is also a form of skin cancer but is far less common, though more dangerous, than the other two varieties.

You should know that Over 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early.

Check all of your skin. If you notice anything unusual, including any change in shape, colour or size of a spot, or the development of a new spot, visit your doctor (your dermatologists, who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders as soon as possible.)

How skin cancer is diagnosed

Skin cancer is diagnosed by physical examination and biopsy.

Biopsy is a quick and simple procedure where part or all of the spot is removed and sent to a laboratory. It may be done by your family doctor or you can be referred to a dermatologist or surgeon. Your results will be ready for a week.

Skin cancer treatment

The doctor will choose the best treatment for you he will consider age and your health,also type and size of the cancer.It also depend whether the skin cancer has spread in your body.

 

 

Skin cancer treatment includes:

Surgery

Surgery is an important skin cancer treatment for many skin cancers. It can be done in a variety of ways.

 

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy destroys cancer cells by using liquid nitrogen to freeze them. It’s a very quick way of treating small, low-risk skin cancers such as superficial BCCs. Cryotherapy is easy and quick skin cancer treatment.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy may be used instead of surgery. It can be a very effective treatment for basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Radiotherapy may be given after surgery if there’s a risk that some cancer cells may still be present. Sometimes it’s used for tumours that have grown into the deeper layers of the skin.

Topical chemotherapy

A chemotherapy cream containing a drug called 5FU  can be used to treat some early SCCs and superficial BCCs. We have more information about topical chemotherapy.

 

Photodynamic therapy  uses light sources, combined with a light-sensitive drug, to destroy cancer cells.

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