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How is basal cell carcinoma treated?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Basal cell carcinomas (common type of skin cancer) are usually biopsied to establish the diagnosis. The tissue is immediately examined under the microscope (called a frozen section) to assure that all of the cancer is removed. Alternatively, some dermatologists perform a Moh's excision, a removal of the skin cancer with immediate examination of the tissue under the microscope to assure complete removal. A plastic surgeon will then repair the wound. Recurrence is possible, so it is important to follow up with your doctor every three months for the first year after excision and every six months for the next two years.
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