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Skin Cancer Excisions and ED&C

What are Skin Cancer Excisions and ED&C?

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Skin cancer excisions and ED&C (which stands for Electrodesiccation and Curettage) are types of minimally invasive surgery that removes skin cancer lesions from your body. These solutions are ideal for patients who have basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as these cancers are limited in scope and can be removed via skilled excisions or ED&C.

Skin cancer excisions are performed with scalpels and involve cutting out the lesion, while ED&C involves burning off the lesion and scraping away the remaining cancerous cells.

No matter which option you select, the end goal of these solutions is the same: to remove cancerous lesions from the skin in a way that ensures it does not come back or spread to other skin regions.

Twin Ports Dermatology can offer innovative treatments for patients who are looking for surgical solutions to remove cancerous skin lesions.


The following video shows an actual surgical procedure meant for education. Viewer discretion is advised.

Candidates for Skin Cancer Excisions or ED&C

The best candidates for these surgical solutions are individuals who have been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma and are looking to remove cancerous lesions from their skin.

How Does It Work?

Both skin cancer excisions and ED&Cs can be performed in-office and in under 30-45 minutes. Depending on your surgical solution, your dermatology provider will numb the skin lesion using a local anesthetic. The lesion is removed or burned off, with any remaining cancerous cells scraped away.


Results include the total removal of cancerous skin lesions, leaving behind healthy skin.


You shouldn’t require significant downtime from your excision or
ED&C procedure, but you will need to take care of the treatment area for several days to minimize infection risks and scarring.

You will need to wear protective bandages over the treatment area, as well as use an antibiotic cream to treat your wound. You may also need to decrease physical activity or exercise while your excision site heals.

There may be some scarring after your procedure.

Take the First Step - Request A Consultation

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If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Twin Ports Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Duluth, MN office directly to schedule: 218-302-1000.

Twin Ports Dermatology serves the greater Duluth area. We’re the only locally owned private dermatology clinic & medspa in the area.

*Individual results may vary


*individual results may vary



*individual results may vary