At Kaiser Permanente medical offices, our dermatologists, surgeons, and primary care doctors have cared for thousands of patients with basal and squamous cell skin cancers. In most cases, these common types of skin cancers can be treated in an office visit.
Nonmelanoma skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells, most commonly basal and squamous cell cancers. Nonmelanoma cancer is one of the most common forms of skin cancer. Another form of skin cancer, melanoma, is more serious.
Our dermatologists (skin specialists) treat the majority of nonmelanoma cancers in the office. If left untreated, however, more extensive surgery is sometimes needed to remove the cancer.
Some of our dermatologists specialize in Mohs microscopic surgery, usually used to treat certain skin cancers around the eyes, ears, nose and mouth.