Ask Dr. Collins: Treating Skin Cancer Without Surgery?
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What are some of the less-invasive ways to treat skin cancer?
Recent data estimates 40 to 50 percent of Americans will develop skin cancer at least once in their lifetime by their 65th birthday. Skin cancer is largely preventable through use of sunscreen and self-skin checks.
While the risk for skin cancer is high, modern technology is providing safer and sometimes even painless options for treatment, such as Superficial Radiotherapy, or SRT. The therapy is a cosmetically attractive alternative to surgery for selected non-melanoma cancers and patient populations. SRT is also a great treatment option for patients who are considered high-risk for surgical procedures.
SRT uses safe, low-energy radiotherapy that penetrates only a short distance below the surface of the skin. It can be used for lesions on the arms, legs and back, but it is especially well-suited for skin cancers of the head and neck regions that would otherwise lead to a less than desirable cosmetic outcome. Each treatment lasts around 90 seconds, and may require multiple sessions depending on your doctor’s recommendations. Once the area of treatment is healed, new and healthy skin will develop in its place.
Consult your dermatologist if you think Superficial Radiotherapy may be right for you.
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