Treatment of Skin Cancer of the Face

The most common cancer in men and women worldwide is skin cancer. The two common subtypes in particular are called basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Fortunately, skin cancers like these, particularly when detected early, are highly treatable.

Early detection is critical, as facial skin cancers are treatable. When identified there are many treatment options. The goal of treatment is cancer reduction.Do you want to learn more? Visit Spider Vein Treatment Association

There are two ways this is achieved in:

1) Large local excision- The removal of cancer by taking additional skin across the visible portion of the cancer as a buffer to ensure that any microscopic cells are removed. This is a successful choice because it is possible to remove additional skin without impact and replacement is not an issue. This is the case in places such as the cheek and/or neck when considering facial skin cancers.

2) MOHS Surgery-MOHS surgery is a procedure by which the doctor eliminates apparent skin cancer. While you are still in the room, he / she will look under the microscope at the limits of the cancer that has been removed to decide if more skin needs to be removed to eradicate the cancer entirely. Reparation of the skin defect is considered after all cancer is removed.

MOHS surgery is useful in facial areas where it is more difficult to repair. This removes the least amount of skin possible while also safely extracting all of the cancer. Cure rates by a trained MOHS surgeon using the MOHS micrographic surgical technique are estimated to be as high as 99 percent.

Since the head and neck are such a noticeable region, MOHS or cancer defect repair is an important consideration when treating skin cancers. Sometimes this is accomplished by a plastic facial surgeon who works closely with a MOHS surgeon. MOHS repair solutions are many outside the reach of this report.