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Why am I being told I need a plastic surgeon to treat my squamous cell cancer on my ankle?

Something Special. More than likely, your cancer is larger than you have extra skin for an easy closure. For these cancers, an operation such as a skin graft or a skin flap may be necessary. Plastic surgeons are specialists in skin closure and have extensive knowledge of options and techniques. Good luck. Read more...
Why not ask . The person who told you? It is possible the amount of skin being removed will create a large defect and a plastic surgeon specializes in creative ways to close open wounds via flaps, grafts etc. Read more...
Special repair. May require a special type of repair ie...Flap etc that plastic surgeons are trained to perform. Read more...
Reconstruction. As a plastic surgeon, i perform skin grafts, flap repairs, and other complex wound closures to treat the defects left behind after excision of skin cancer. You may need that type of reconstruction for your ankle. Read more...
Size? In difficult locations like this, mohs surgery might be worth pursuing. It has a higher cure rate than standard excision and may leave you with a smaller defect (hole left from removing the tumor) to repair, and may allow you to avoid a flap or graft. Read more...

I just developed a halo mole. Do I need to be concerned? I just had stitches removed from having a squamous cell cancer mole 3 days ago.

Show your Derm. If your dermatologist did not do a full body check, and you are concerned, let them know. Read more...
Mole. Nothing can substitute clinical examination. So, if you are worried about it, you need to go back to your doctor and have the mole evalated. I can't tell you for sure whether it is something that you have to be cocerned about without examining the mole. Read more...
Mole. A new mole, or one which bleeds or changes color may be a concern. Discuss this with you dermatologist as soon as possible. Read more...

Should I see a specialist for squamous cell cancer, or can my regular doctor check my skin spot?

It depends. Most primary care physicians are well-trained in skin examinations, including squamous cell. That being said, skin cancer can be deceptive & difficult to interpret. Ask your primary md; your doctor wants the best for you, and if he/she is uncomfortable with your skin exam, they will be able to tell you. Other good choices would be a dermatologist or a surgical oncologist. Read more...
See any doctor. Your regular doctor should be able to check you if you have suspicious spots on your skin and probably can even take a biopsy to make the diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancer then you probably should see a skin cancer specialist such as a mohs surgeon or a facial plastic surgeon for treatment as these can be aggressive cancers. Read more...
Mohs surgeon. Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treating skin cancer with highest cure rate (99%). It is important that you verify that your mohs surgeon is recognized as a fellowship-trained surgeon. Only members of the american college of mohs surgery (acms) are fellowship trained to perform mohs surgery and are listed on their website directory. The link to the acms website: http://www.Mohscollege.Org. Read more...