Usually skin cancers are almost always removed from the face or body. In more developed skin cancers, some of the surrounding tissue may also be removed to make sure that all of the cancerous cells have been taken out.
The most common method of skin cancer removal is surgery which is usually under a local anaesthetic. Common skin cancers can be treated with ointments, radiotherapy or with cryotherapy – using liquid nitrogen to quickly freeze the cancer off, other methods include curettage (scraping or burning).
Depending on your treatment, your treatment team may consist of a number of medical staff, such as:
- General Practitioner.
- Dermatologist – a doctor who specialises in preventing, diagnosing and treating skin diseases.
- Surgeon – this can be a general surgeon, a surgical oncologist to manage complex skin cancers or a plastic surgeon trained in complex constructive techniques, including surgery if the cancer has spread.