posted on Oct, 14 2014 @ 11:03 PM
One of my best friends is an oncologist. He carries his work to every dinner party. When I talked to him about my loved ones he let me know how far
they have come over the past 5 years in skin cancer treatment. Clear margins are now smaller/narrower to allow easier healing.
The surgeon excises 0.5-1 centimeter of the normal skin surrounding the tumor and takes off the skin layers
down to the fat.
In removing an invasive melanoma that is 1 mm or less in Breslow’s thickness, the margins of surrounding skin are extended to 1 cm and the excision
goes through all skin layers and down to the fascia (the layer of tissue covering the muscles).
If the melanoma is 1.01 to 2 mm thick, a margin of 1-2 cm is taken.
If the melanoma is 2.01 mm thick or greater, a margin of 2 cm is taken.
Educating people to do self examinations like others have mentioned is huge in early detection.
Let us know how it goes. I'll check by here throughout the week.
edit on 14-10-2014 by 2gd2btru because: (no reason given)