Types of Skin Cancer

There are several types of skin cancer as different types of skin cells can be affected. They are:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma, which develops in the outermost layer of the skin and is the most common type of skin cancer.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma, which usually looks like a wart or sore that does not heal.
  • Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer which usually looks like an abnormal or irregular mole.
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a rare but aggressive type of skin cancer that usually looks like a firm, painless nodule.

To determine which skin cancer treatment is best for you, visit Dr. Falcon at our Natrona Heights office, which is located 17 miles from Aspinwall and 14 miles from Apollo.

How is Skin Cancer Diagnosed?

If you notice a suspicious mole or lesion, your doctor will likely perform a biopsy to determine whether it is cancerous. This involves removing a small amount of tissue that can be examined in a lab to test for cancer. In some cases, the entire mole or lesion will be removed prior to biopsy, especially if it is small.

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How is Skin Cancer Treated?

Skin cancer, much like any form of cancer, may require surgery to remove growths. Cancerous skin lesions may be removed using specialized techniques to preserve your health and your appearance. Skin cancer is usually treated with excision, in which your doctor will simply cut the cancerous tissue and a small amount of surrounding tissue away with a scalpel or other surgical tool. In some cases, Mohs surgery is used, especially in larger areas of basal or squamous cell carcinomas. Mohs surgery involves removing the growth layer by layer until no cancerous or abnormal cells remain. This spares as much healthy skin as possible and is especially beneficial for areas such as the face. Following Mohs surgery or skin cancer excision, Dr. Falcon will use advanced suturing techniques to encourage the skin to heal with as little noticeable scarring as possible.

Recovery After Skin Cancer Surgery

After your skin cancer removal or Mohs surgery, you can expect the area to be red, swollen, and tender. Care will vary depending on the size of the wound. Dr. Falcon will give you specific instructions on how to care for the wound daily. Most patients can return to work, school, or other daily routines immediately after their procedure. However, the incisions will typically take several months to heal completely. During this time, it’s important to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Remember to wear SPF daily for both good cosmetic results and the health of your skin.

Is Skin Cancer Surgery Covered by Health Insurance?

Because skin cancer surgery is medically necessary, it should be covered by your health insurance. Check with your insurance provider to better understand the details of your plan. IF you have any additional questions about insurance or financing, our staff will be happy to answer.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falcon, call our office at (724) 226-3900 or contact us online. Falcon Plastic Surgery’s Monroeville Office is conveniently located 10 miles from Delmont and 10 miles from Irwin.

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