Skin Cancer Treatment (Non-Melanoma)
Skin cancer treatment begins with early detection and treatment with either topical chemotherapy or surgical destruction are curative. However, if left untreated, especially in immunosuppressed patients, squamous cell carcinoma can metastasize and result in death.
Among the most common non-melanoma skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer that results from sun exposure. The tumors occur mostly on sun-exposed skin of the face, scalp, ears and neck of individuals with fair skin. Basal cell carcinoma is not usually a lethal cancer; however, it grows slowly and becomes locally invasive and destructive. Early detection and treatment with either topical chemotherapy or surgical destruction are curative.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. It can develop from precursor actinic keratosis or may arise de novo. The majority of squamous cell carcinomas arise on sun-exposed skin of fair individuals; however, other factors play a causal role: chemical exposure, tobacco, burns, chronic inflammation and human papilloma virus infection.
Please call us at 630-596-8045 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Basko and her team take pride in providing patients with a thorough skin exam and removing any suspicious growth that may put your life in danger.