Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Basal Cell Carcinoma Surgical Excision

In this procedure, the entire skin lesion is removed, along with an amount of healthy tissue around the cancer. This procedure is performed with a scalpel, after using a local anesthetic to numb the skin.

Depending on the size of the lesion and its location, a simple excision is sometimes performed at the time of skin biopsy. This procedure can be performed on all forms of skin cancer.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Basal Cell Carcinoma References
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