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The first step in the treatment of skin cancer is prevention. The best way to prevent skin cancer is to avoid sunburn and sun exposure in both children and adults. Just getting one bad, blistering sunburn during childhood raises the risk of developing skin cancer.
Minimizing long-term damage to the skin and its cells and the development of skin cancer includes avoiding sun exposure during the period of time when the sun's rays are strongest this is generally between 9 am and 3 or 4 pm. Wearing protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves and long pants is also important. During sun exposure, it is key to consistently use and reapply sunscreen with a high SPF. Do not use tanning beds.
Once skin cancer has developed, treatment is tailored around a variety of factors, including the individual case, the type of skin cancer, and how much the skin cancer has grown and spread.
Treatment generally involves surgical removal of the cancerous area or skin tumor. Nearby skin may also need to be removed in order to ensure all cancer cells are gone. Surgical procedures may include slicing, freezing (cryosurgery), or burning (electrocautery) the tumor and nearby skin.
If enough skin is removed to cause disfigurement, a surgical procedure may be done to take skin from another part of the body to fill in the area. This is called a skin graft.
For malignant melanoma, local lymph nodes are tested for the presence of cancer cells to check for the spread of skin cancer. Additional surgery, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy may be needed if skin cancer has spread beyond the skin to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.
The following treatments are listed for Skin Cancer in our knowledge base:
Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Skin cancer in various sources may include:
Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Skin cancer may include:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Skin cancer:
More causes: not all possible causes for Skin cancer are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Skin cancer.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Skin cancer' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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