The two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are not considered to be life –threatening and are both easily treated. However, if left untreated, they can lead to permanent physical damage. The preferred surgical procedure for effectively dealing with these forms of skin cancer on the face is usually Mohs surgery. This procedure involves removing a disc of the cancerous tissue and slicing it into a number of sections. Each section is then examined microscopically in an effort to learn whether the cancer exists beyond the borders of the disc. Additional tissue is removed in small increments until there is not further microscopic evidence of the cancer. This procedure is preformed on an out-patient basis, usually in less than an hour.
Estimates vary on the occurrence of the skin cancer, but as of the latest statistics from the Center of Disease Control, more than 1,100,000 Americans will develop skin cancer in 2010. While prevention is the best defense against it, early detection is the surest way to a cure.
P.S. Mohs surgery is credited with cure rates up to 99%.