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What are the surgical options for non-melanoma skin cancer?

Healthcare providers have an entire tool kit to treat nonmelanoma skin cancers depending on their subtype and where they are located on the body. Creams and minimally invasive procedures like freezing or scraping and burning are often appropriate for very early and nonaggressive, nonmelanoma skin cancers. Surgical removal, including Mohs surgery, is often more appropriate for skin cancers that penetrate deeper in the skin or are more aggressive. Radiation in conjunction with surgery can sometimes be a useful option for very aggressive skin cancers.
The surgical options for non-melanoma skin cancer include a standard surgical excision or Mohs surgery. Chrysalyne Schmults, MD, Dermatologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital discusses these two processes in this video.

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