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How does cutting out the tumor treat basal cell carcinoma?

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Your doctor may call cutting out the tumor an "excision." First, he or she will numb the tumor and the skin around it. Then your doctor will scrape the tumor with a spoon-shaped device. Next, he or she will cut out the tumor and a small surrounding area of normal-appearing skin and send it to a lab.

If the lab results show there are cancer cells in the area around your tumor, your doctor may need to remove more of your skin.

From: Basal Cell Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cell."

National Cancer Institute: ''Treatment Options for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.''

Medscape: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "How does UV cause skin cancer."

Harvard Health Letter: "Recognizing and treating basal cell carcinoma."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Step by Step Self-Examination."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cell."

National Cancer Institute: ''Treatment Options for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.''

Medscape: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "How does UV cause skin cancer."

Harvard Health Letter: "Recognizing and treating basal cell carcinoma."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Step by Step Self-Examination."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

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