Skin cancer removal is often done immediately, preferably by an experience plastic surgeon, to prevent it spreading.
Your type of skin cancer will determine the type of surgery and the type of neoadjuvant therapy required (if any). The 3 main skin cancers in increasing severity are basal cell carcinomas (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC) and Melanoma. SCCs and Melanomas require immediate removal to prevent spread. Further surgery (Sentinel Node Biopsies) might be needed to check and treat any spread.
A malignant melanoma is more likely to spread, and often needs more complex treatments. These can include surgery, radiation therapy (remove – not for melanoma), immunotherapy, and chemotherapy. A range of specialised techniques are available to remove cancerous lesions with minimal scarring, and reconstructive surgery can help reduce any disfigurement.