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New Skin Cancer Treatment – No Pain, No Stiches

November 9, 2011

Last month a new treatment for basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, was released.  This new treatment uses low doses of radiation on a targeted area to kill the cancer cells, and it goes deeper than the surface.  Only a few dermatologists are offering this new non-surgical treatment as it is still in the process of acquiring statistics.

The older procedure is a bit more invasive and is called micrographic surgery.  This treatment can take a few hours to perform and has much more potential to leave a scar.  Considering that a common area for basal cell carcinoma is the face, this less invasive surgery could be an amazing new option.

On a recent episode of “The Doctors” dermatologist, Seth Forman, does this new procedure on his patient Betty.  Betty describes the procedure as similar to having an x-ray – it was painless and less than a minute.  The only downside of this treatment is that there will need to be 12 doses of radiation over a 4 week span which means multiple doctors visits, but that is a low-cost for an easy painless procedure.

Watch the episode of “The Doctor’s” to find out more.  Dr. Drew Ordon also has a few suggestions for skin cancer prevention.

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