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Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

The three most common skin cancers that make up almost 99% of all skin cancers include, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in the United States. Although melanoma makes up only 4% of skin cancers it causes about 75% of skin cancer deaths. There are a variety of treatment options for these skin cancers including, topical medications, electrodessication and cautery (also known as scrape and burn), photodynamic therapy (PDT), cryotherapy, standard excision, Mohs surgery, radiation and systemic medications. There are pros and cons to all treatments and should be determined based on cancer type, location of the cancer and patient risk factors. If you are diagnosed with a skin cancer it is important to discuss treatment options with a dermatologist who is a skin cancer specialist to review the treatment options.