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Skin cancer is common. If we detect it and treat it early, it typically is curable. See a dermatologist to have your skin checked out -- it may make the difference between healthy skin and cancer recurrence.
Our skin cancer team at Henry Ford treats a wide range of skin cancers and pre-cancerous skin conditions.
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma that require surgery often can be treated with Mohs surgery. During this skin-sparing procedure, we remove as little healthy tissue as possible when we take off cancerous moles or lesions. We’re working toward perfecting Mohs surgery for melanoma treatment, too.
We also offer wide local excision surgery. This is the most common melanoma treatment. In this procedure, we remove the cancerous lesion and some of the healthy tissue around it. This helps ensure we remove as many cancerous cells as possible.
Some basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and other lesions can be treated with creams or ointments. Other options include cryotherapy, where the lesion is frozen off, or we can remove it with photodynamic therapy.
We also may recommend additional treatment depending on the stage of your cancer. These treatments can help reduce the risk of your cancer coming back:
After skin cancer treatment, it’s important to avoid indoor tanning and practice sun safety to reduce your risk for another skin cancer.
We recommend an annual professional skin cancer screening and regular skin self-examinations. Keep an eye out for changes to existing moles and lesions, and let your doctor know if new or suspicious spots develop.
We refer people at high-risk for developing cancer again to our Pigmented Lesions Clinic for follow-up and monitoring. Our dermatologists use a special tool called a dermatoscope to take detailed pictures of your moles and lesions. That way, we can monitor changes over time and catch any recurring cancers at an early stage.