What is Skin Cancer?
The uncontrolled division of skin cells is called skin cancer. Skin cancer primarily occurs due to excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or repeated exposure to X-ray and chemicals. It can also rarely occur due to scars from certain diseases and burns.
What Tests are Used to Diagnose Skin Cancer?
Your doctor diagnoses skin cancer by conducting a skin biopsy, where a small sample of the suspicious tissue is removed to be examined under a microscope.
What are the Treatment Options for Skin Cancer?
Various treatment approaches are available for treating skin cancers and the selection of treatment modality depends on various factors such as the type, location, severity or of the cancer, patients’ age & health status and other conditions. The treatment modalities include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgical therapy or combined approach. Surgical approach is considered based on the location, type and size of cancer as well as in cases when other modalities cannot remove the tumors.