Management of skin cancers
The management and risks associated with different types of skin cancers depend on their location and cell type. Our skin, known as the integumentary system, consists of three main layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis.
The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin and acts as a protective barrier against the environment. The dermis lies beneath the epidermis and provides support to the skin, supplying it with essential nutrients. The hypodermis is the deepest layer and consists of fat cells that offer insulation to the body.
Skin cancers primarily originate in the epidermis, with their names often derived from the cell types found within this layer. The three most common types or subtypes of skin cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, which arise from squamous cells/keratinocytes; basal cell carcinomas, derived from the basal cell layers; and melanomas, originating from melanocytes.
At the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre, our priority is to provide prompt and definitive treatment for skin cancers, offering our patients peace of mind. Successful surgery not only involves the complete removal of cancerous cells but also aims to prevent their recurrence in the future. Dr. Chivers takes special care to minimize scarring during surgical excisions, and if necessary, performs reconstructive procedures such as skin grafts to address any damage caused by the cancer.