Skin Cancer Basal Cell 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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