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06/24/03

Getting Rid Of Skin Cancer

The sun, the heat, packed pools. It's summertime in East Texas. But too much sun can lead to big problems, like skin cancer.

More than one million people with find out they have skin cancer this year, and you don't have to be a sun god or goddess to get it.

Mary Johnson never sunbathes, but she loves to garden. She never used sunscreen, when out in her garden.

"I don't even know if we had it back then," says the 72 year old who has skin cancer on her face. But she won't have skin cancer for long.

"We're going to put a drape over your face here," says Dr. Grabski.

She's having the Moh's Micro graphic surgery at Dermatology Associates in Tyler 903-534-6200.

"It is a technique where you can track out the roots of the skin cancer, clear the margins, but leave as much normal tissue behind," he explains.

Simply put, they take out the part of the skin infected by the cancer, instead of a huge chunk of surrounding skin, like is done in older, more traditional skin cancer removal surgeries.

"We kind of scraped out what's obvious, and we're going to draw a line and take a little bit out around the cancer."

In about 15 minutes, the tumor is taken out, but best of all Mary only has a tiny cut on her nose. When it heals -- she'll have a tiny scar -- but that's it.

"These are so pretty."

That means Mary will be back smelling the roses.

"Gorgeous."

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