Skin cancer occurs when skin cells multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. This type of cancer results from DNA damage to skin cells - often caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds.
There are several commonly-occuring skin cancers. These include: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma forms in the basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). This is the most frequently occuring type of skin cancer. The second most common type of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, formed in the squamous cells, which compose most of the skin’s upper layers (the epidermis).
Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, originates in the pigment-producing melanocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis. Melanomas frequently resemble moles with some developing from moles.
Mohs micrographic surgery
We offer the advanced outpatient technique for removing skin cancer. This procedure removes skin cancer and as little normal tissue as possible. During this surgery, the physician removes the cancer and then uses a microscope to look at the cancerous area to make sure no cancer cells remain. This procedure boasts a 99 percent cure rate for certain types of skin cancer.