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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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Excisional skin surgery (ek-SIH-zhun-al … SER-juh-ree)
A surgical procedure used to remove moles, cysts, skin cancer, and other skin growths using local anesthesia. To treat skin cancer, the doctor uses a scalpel to remove the entire tumor and some of the healthy tissue around it.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.