Having cancer of any form is incredibly difficult to accept, while the remaining scars of the removal may be even more troubling. Although there are many ways of removing skin cancer, a standard way of removing skin cancer involves removal and reconstruction.
Anaesthesia is first administered to avoid pain during the procedure, which is then followed with the simple process of removing a small lesion. However, skin cancer is not only visible on the surface, but can hide beneath the skin and spread beyond any borders. In cases such as these, a specific technique called Mohs surgery is required.
This procedure involves the surgeon ordering a frozen section, where the cancer is removed and microscopically examined before the wound is closed to guarantee all the cancerous cells have been removed.
The aim of skin cancer removal is to develop a clear margin. When a clear margin is found, the wound can then be reconstructed. If not, the surgeon will continue to remove tissue until the region becomes clear.