After using a local anaesthetic to numb the area, your doctor will scrape off the cancerous growth using a curette, which a spoon shaped surgical instrument. The wound is left open to heal naturally. The cure rate of Curettage approaches that of excisional surgery. It’s fast and easy to perform, and wound care is often minimal. The cosmetic outcome can be outstanding. Curettage may not be the best option for aggressive carcinomas, or those in high risk, difficult sites.