Evidence Based Report: Surgical Removal of Skin Cancer Proves to be the Most Effective
Skin Cancer Care Specialists | February 5, 2018
Surgery is the recommended treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers, which are diagnosed in over three million Americans each year. Last month, The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) released new evidence-based guidelines regarding the best prevention, treatment, and follow-up of the two major types of non-melanoma skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC).
According to these new guidelines, surgery is still “the cornerstone of BCC and cSCC treatment.” While the guidelines acknowledge treatments like radiation and photodynamic therapy as nonsurgical approaches, they emphasize the lower cure rate of these options and stress that they should only be considered if surgery is not a viable option or if the cancers are low-risk.
The guidelines also make recommendations regarding types of biopsies to consider for diagnosis of BCC or cSCC, and they urge annual checks for anyone diagnosed with these cancers to prevent the possibility of recurrence.
Of course, skin cancer is always dangerous and requires early prevention and persistent follow-up. While surgery is often the final resort for the treatment of medical conditions, when it comes to non-melanoma skin cancers, surgical removal is the safest treatment.
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