Skin cancer is a common — but highly curable — condition among Canadians, regardless of ethnic background or lifestyle. Treating and removing skin cancer here in Toronto has never been easier thanks to the medical and aesthetic expertise of Dr. Derek Ford. At Ford Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ford couples his deep understanding of the skin with his passionate commitment to patient care to bring the best possible results to men and women diagnosed with or suspecting skin cancer.
To learn more about your options for removing cancerous and precancerous skin lesions, request a consultation with Dr. Ford online, or call our Toronto office at (416) 925-7337 or our Oshawa office at (905) 743-9888.
Treating and removing skin cancer here in Toronto has never been easier thanks to the medical and aesthetic expertise of Dr. Derek Ford.
Although skin cancer is typically associated with unprotected sun exposure, ultraviolet rays are not solely responsible for its development. For many people, skin cancer can develop for no discernible reason and in areas that are usually concealed from the sun.
Although skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among Canadian adults, it's also among the most treatable — especially when detected and removed early. Skin cancer typically appears in 1 of the following forms:
This is the most common and treatable form of skin cancer, accounting for about 90% of cases in Canada. This cancer develops in the skin's basal cells and can usually be linked to long-term sun exposure. Basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads.
The second most common type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma begins in the skin's squamous cells. Although also easily treatable, squamous cell carcinoma can penetrate to the deeper tissues if left untreated.
The rarest and most severe form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma is on the rise in Canada. Often appearing as a large, dark, or irregular mole, malignant melanoma can emerge anew or develop when an existing mole begins to change.
Dr. Ford performs both skin cancer excision and repair procedures, playing a vital role in the diagnostic process and also helping patients feel confident that any remaining scars are discreet. He understands the importance of a strong cosmetic outcome, particularly in areas that are often visible, such as the face or hands.
Excision is typically a relatively minor outpatient procedure that requires only local anesthesia. With proper care after surgery, your scars heal to flat, faint marks that continue to fade as time passes.