There are three predominant types of skin cancer: basal cell skin carcinoma, which is the most common, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Badgett, 62, was diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer. It had to be removed.
Duke dermatologic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Cook, MD, performed Mohs surgery, the most effective way to remove basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer. In the process, he had to remove a large area of tissue on her lower eyelid, cheek, and nose that extended to layers deep against the bones. Badgett needed reconstructive surgery to improve the function and appearance of her eye and face.