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Skin Cancer Surgery in Fargo, ND

Thousands of people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States and while this is an alarming number, the vast majority of those diagnosed are easily treated. Skin cancer surgery is focused on removing all cancerous cells while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. Most skin cancer surgeries are typically done by a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or surgical oncologist. However, in more advanced cases, skin cancer surgery can result in a larger defect that will need to be further repaired by a plastic surgeon.

FAQ: Skin Cancer

How long is the recovery from skin cancer surgery?

You can expect to have swelling and bruising, as with any type of surgical procedure, and strenuous activity should be limited for the first week. Most scarring will gradually improve over a period of months and will look less prominent with time.

When should I see a plastic surgeon about potential skin cancer surgery?

Melanoma is considered to be the most dangerous skin cancer and can spread to other parts of the body and should be caught as early as possible by a consult. Melanoma typically presents as a pigmented lesion, or darkly colored spot that changes or varies in color. Pigmented skin lesions, birthmarks or moles that meet the following “ABCDE” criteria should be evaluated for biopsy to rule out a possible melanoma.

A: Asymmetry or asymmetric shape

B: Border that is irregular, scalloped, or that has uneven edges

C: Colors with multiple variations (brown, blue, black, and tan) all within the same skin lesion

D: Diameter growing in size or exceeding 1/4 inch

E: Evolving in shape or size. Any change in color, crusting, ulceration, scabs, or overall change in appearance.

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