Having skin cancer surgery may be, but more importantly, you need information.
Below is some researched information about the actual surgery itself.
Be aware and catch it in the earliest stage and you won't have to undergo the extensive surgery that I did.
First you will have a biopsy. The biopsy does not remove the cancer; it only removes the very top of it so it can be examined by a pathologist to determine if it is cancerous.
If it is found to be cancerous then it must be removed by a surgical procedure. If not removed it can continue to grow under the skin and cause much harm. It may even spread to other body parts and organs.
During surgery the doctor will scrape out all of the cancerous tissue. To be sure all of the cancerous tissue is removed the doctor will cut further around the hole with a margin of normal skin to about 1/8 of an inch. The normal skin tissue is sent to a pathologist to be sure that all of the cancer has been removed.
If the pathologist still finds some cancer, the doctor will have to come back about a week later and remove more tissue. Chances of having to do the second removal are about 1 in 20. There’s a chance of about 1 in 100 that it would need to be done a third time to remove all of the cancer.
You will be left with a scar and it takes about 6 months to 1 year to see its final appearance.
In some cases you may need some skin cancer reconstruction performed to improve the appearance.
If your surgery has to be performed on your face area, you may want to learn about Mohs microscopic surgery. The surgery is confined to a smaller area without removing any of the healthy tissue. This improves chances of a greater cosmetic appearance. It has up to a 99% success rate.
For melanoma skin cancer, complete surgical removal is the most common treatment. The lymph nodes may also need to be removed in stages 2 and 3.
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
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Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie
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The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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