Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

What role does surgery play in the diagnosis or treatment of skin cancer?

Dr. Wilcher discusses the role surgery in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Surgery plays a large role in both the diagnosis and the treatment of skin cancer.

If your doctor suspects that you have skin cancer, the diagnosis is confirmed by having a surgical biopsy, in which part of the skin cancer is removed to be examined and tested, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF).

Most of the time, skin cancer also is treated surgically by excision or through Mohs surgery, according to Premier Health Specialists’ (PHS) physicians.

Mohs surgery has been found to be the most effective way to remove certain types of skin cancer in certain locations, such as basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, and also now is being used more and more often to treat certain forms of Melanoma, according to the SCF.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the role surgery plays in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.

Learn more:

Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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