skin cancer

Do You Know These Important Skin Cancer Terms?

  Basal cell carcinoma: The most common form of skin cancer. Occurs in the epidermis. These growths are often round and pearly or darkly pigmented. Cancer: The uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancerous cells are also called malignant cells. Epidermis: The uppermost portion of skin. Excision: A simple surgical process to cut…

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What Happened During My Skin Cancer Surgery

Today marked the climax of the double-whammy that hit the blog this month with John’s near heart attack and my coming down with skin cancer. A month ago I had what I thought was a mole removed from my cheek and learned two days later than I had a basal cell carcinoma living on my…

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More Seniors Getting Mohs for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers

The number of Medicare beneficiaries undergoing Mohs microsurgery for nonmelanoma skin cancers doubled between 2001 and 2006, while the rate of surgical excision remained relatively stable, according to new research presented here at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 69th Annual Meeting. “In 2001, 0.75 of every 100 Medicare beneficiaries received Mohs micrographic surgery for…

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Mohs Micrographic Surgery: the Single Most Effective Technique for Removing Skin Cancer Cells

New treatments for skin cancer are appearing and evolving rapidly in recent years. However, one surgical technique has more than stood the test of time. Developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s, Mohs micrographic surgery has, with a few refinements, come to be embraced over the past decade by an increasing number of surgeons…

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