Surgery is the most common form of treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer. One form of surgical option is skin excisions. This is a procedure where the cancerous skin is surgically removed (along with the surrounding rim of healthy tissue) to ensure that the cancer is removed entirely. There are a few different forms of cancer excisions, including a basic excision, wide-local excision or Mohs surgery (removal of skin, a layer at a time). The form of surgery chosen for you will depend on a number of factors, including the type of cancer you have, the stage of your cancer, and you overall health. Cancer excisions may be done in combination with a skin graft.
The wounds after an excision tend to heal quickly, usually within a week or two. However, scarring is dependent on a number of factors, such as the location of the tumour and the patient’s care of the wound following the procedure.