Skin cancer is the number one form of cancer around the world today. It affects people of all races, and discriminates no one when it comes to how deadly it can become when it metastasizes. As rates of skin cancer continue to increase year after year, research is being conducted at a very high rate on possible treatments for this disease. Understanding the three basic types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma gives a wary victim of skin cancer a guide for what they are dealing with as they progress through possible treatment. There are a variety of types of treatments in modern medicine, many of them being experimental and relying on fresh research. While new research is being introduced at a high pace, the most effective type of treatment there is against non-melanoma skin cancer is Mohs surgery, a type of surgical excision developed in the 1930s. This surgery has been the foundation of effective treatment research against skin cancer for going on ninety years, and still today is more cost effective, less time consuming, and produces better results than any type of modern surgical excision for non-melanoma skin cancers.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2020


Dr. Suzanne Byrd

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Department of Biological Sciences

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars


Biological Sciences