There are many many types of skin cancers and each type has multiple sub-types that make for a very complex situation. Some skin cancers are life-threatening; others you can live with for years to decades. This makes it critical to see a provider who is going to take the time to get to know your overall health and your lifestyle in the decision regarding how to treat your skin cancer. Not all cancers require surgery and can be treated with relatively simple non-invasive means meanwhile some require extensive surgical treatment. This is why it is critical to get all the options and have your questions answered up front.