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More new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year than the combined cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. Skin cancer is commonly caused by excessive sun exposure. Some common early signs of skin cancer include:
Cancer of the eyelids is very dangerous and needs to be treated urgently. If skin cancer forms around the edge of the eyelids, it often causes the eyelashes to fall out. The following are types of skin cancer known to affect the eyelids and skin:
To diagnose skin cancer, the physician will take a biopsy of the suspected lesion in clinic for examination under the microscope by a trained pathologist. If the biopsy confirms the lesion to be cancerous, further treatment will be needed.
One of the most successful methods for skin cancer removal is Mohs’ surgery (also known as “micrographic” or “Mohs’ excision”).
Named after its developer (Frederic E. Mohs), Mohs’ surgery involves the removal of skin cancer, layer by layer. After each layer is removed, the section of skin is biopsied to identify the cancer’s location – enabling the physician to preserve as much healthy skin as possible in the next layer. This process is repeated until all of the skin cancer has been removed. This part of the surgery is performed by our dermatology colleagues.
On the same or subsequent day, our oculofacial plastic experts perform the reconstructive surgery to restore your normal appearance following the removal of skin cancer lesions from the face or the eyelids.
Dr. Akrit Sodhi Receives RPB Award - 6/12/2015