Treatments For Skin Cancer | Water's Edge Dermatology
Skin Cancer Treatment

There are treatments for skin cancer. Everyone can get skin cancer, no matter how light or dark your skin may be. Exposure may come from UV rays, X-rays, genetics, weak immune system, scarring from bad burns, cancer-causing compounds such as arsenic, sunburns, and the use of tanning beds.

You aren’t alone. Water’s Edge medical dermatologists are here to provide you with compassionate and thorough care.


Excision: Dermatologists will numb the skin and surgically remove the cancer along with a small bit of healthy skin around the area. The small bit of skin is called a margin.

Mohs Surgery: Performed by dermatologists who have received special training, this procedure involves taking layers of skin from the cancerous area layer-by-layer until the current layer is cancer-free. The dermatologist will scrutinize the skin layers through a microscope to determine if another layer needs taken.

Curettage and Electrodesiccation: This process involves scraping off a bit of skin from the top layer of the cancer and then gently cauterizing the remaining cancer cells. This treatment typically needs to be repeated three times.

Other Treatments:

Immunotherapy: Doctors will use the patient’s own immune system to fight the cancer.

Cryosurgery: Freezing the cancer cells and allowing them to slough off.

Chemotherapy applied to the skin: Physicians will apply medicine to the skin cancer and it will destroy the cancer cells.

Chemotherapy: Medicine used when the skin cancer goes beyond the skin.

Photodynamic therapy: This process involves a chemical peel and exposure to a special light.

Radiation therapy: Radiation may be used for large areas of skin cancer on older adults.

With dermatology centers throughout southeast Florida, Water’s Edge Dermatology can help you. Request a skin cancer screening today.

Prevent skin cancer now by performing a self-exam on your skin.