Up until now, dermatologists have been trying a variety of different skin removal techniques to get rid of precancerous skin lesions.
According to a report published in the November/December issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, dermatologists may soon be able to treat premalignant skin lesions using carbon dioxide laser ablation treatments.
Premalignant skin lesions are often found in the head and neck regions and some do progress into various forms of melanoma. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, completed a restrospective case series review of every patient that had been diagnosed and treated for primary lentigo maligna in London, Ontario between 1991 and 2010. The researchers reviewed outcomes of patients who had undergone surgical excision (surgical removal), radiation therapy, and carbon dioxide laser ablation.
Authors of this study report that there were lower recurrence rates with surgical excision and carbon dioxidate laser ablation. They concluded that even though surgical excision is considered to be the “gold standard” for treating some types of melanoma, it’s not always feasible on certain areas of the body – namely the head and neck regions. A carbon dioxide laser could offer more benefits because it can treat more sensitive areas in a shorter period of time.
If you have detected a suspicious mole or skin lesion, get in touch with a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening.