Excision is a minor surgical procedure where a doctor cuts out a spot or lump on the skin. This enables diagnosis of the removed piece of skin by a skin pathologist.
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Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the commonest skin cancer; almost 300,000 cases were diagnosed in Australia in 2008. It most commonly appears as a flesh-coloured lump which may become ulcerated over time. It is extremely rare for a BCC to cause significant health problems as they grow very slowly and almost never spread to other parts of the body. Depending on the depth of the BCC, treatment may be surgical removal, cryotherapy (freezing) or cream applied directly to the lesion.