Did you know that every year more than 500,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed? If you have recently been diagnosed with skin cancer and are now one of those statistics, then you know just how frightening it can be to hear that you do in fact have cancer. Luckily, as one of the most treatable forms of cancer, skin cancer is a form of cancer that is less aggressive than other forms and can be treated by the professionals at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester. Read on to learn more.
Understanding the Process
In order to obtain a firm skin cancer diagnosis, you have to undergo a semi-lengthy process in order to determine what type of cancer it is and how aggressive it is. The process typically includes the following:
- In-Office Evaluation: During an in-office evaluation one of our dermatologists will analyze your mole or area of your skin in order to look for abnormalities.
- Biopsy: If it is suspected that one of your moles is cancerous, a biopsy will be conducted in order to send the mole and the surrounding skin and tissue to the lab. During your biopsy, the entire mole will be removed by typically being scraped off and some of the surrounding tissue will be removed as well.
- Treatment: If your biopsy results come back positive, then you will meet with the experts at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester in order to create a catered skin cancer treatment plan. Typically, skin cancer treatment simply involves the removal of the cancer and a close observation of your skin for a few months following the procedure.
If you have recently been diagnosed with skin cancer, there are probably a million anxiety ridden thoughts running through your mind. However, we at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester ensure that all of our patients are treated with the best care possible and that they get the best results as well. If you would like to learn more about skin cancer treatment and how we can help, contact our office today!