May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is raising awareness about the importance of incorporating a plastic surgeon into your skin cancer care plan.

“Plastic surgeons are one, if not the only specialty, that can do head-to-toe surgery, whether the cancer is on the tip of the nose, big toe or palm of a hand,” said Brian Gastman, MD, plastic surgeon and director of melanoma surgery at Cleveland Clinic. “Our knowledge of the anatomy in skin cancer and beyond is a tremendous advantage for patients and referring physicians.”

ASPS statistics report there were nearly 4 million skin cancer tumor removal procedures performed in 2017.

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