Surgery for skin cancer

You usually have surgery for skin cancer. The type of surgery you have depends on where the cancer is, how big it is and how deep it is. Find out more about the different types of surgery. 

Surgery for small skin cancers

If your GP has specialist training, they might be able to remove your non melanoma skin cancer at the GP surgery. 

Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) for skin cancer

Moh's micrographic surgery (MMS) is a type of surgery for skin cancer.  It is a specialist type of surgery that aims to remove all the skin cancer and leave as much healthy skin tissue as possible.

Surgery for larger skin cancers

There are different types of surgery for larger skin cancers. Find out about these, how to prepare and possible side effects after surgery.

Last reviewed: 
31 Jan 2023
Next review due: 
31 Jan 2026