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Skin Cancer, Nonmelanoma (cont.)

Other Treatment

Radiation therapy for nonmelanoma skin cancer may be recommended for people who may not be able to have surgery because of the location of the skin cancer. Radiation therapy may also be a treatment choice if age or other health conditions make surgery too risky. Radiation therapy is most often used for older adults. It may lead to other skin cancers in younger people as they age.

Other treatments for people who cannot have surgery or radiation include:

These three treatments may also work well for people who have low-risk shallow cancers, such as squamous cell carcinoma in situ (Bowen's disease) or low-risk superficial basal cell carcinoma.1

Lasers, such as the carbon dioxide laser, may be used to treat superficial basal cell carcinomas and actinic keratoses. Lasers use an intense beam of light as a scalpel to remove skin cancer.

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