Skin Cancer


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If you think you might have a skin cancer, it can be a concerning time, and you may be wondering what your options are. The earlier a skin cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of it being able to treated successfully. Left untreated, the skin cancer will continue to grow, and in some cases it can cause significant destruction to vital structures or even be potentially life-threatening. At the Skin Surgery Centre, we are specialist dermatologists and are experts in all aspects of skin cancer diagnosis and management, including rare skin cancers that are often mis-diagnosed.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC) most commonly appear as a smooth, waxy pink lump. As they increase in size, they can develop a central raw area that can bleed. BCCs can also appear as a pink to red, scaly patch of skin or as flat, firm, white or yellowish coloured area of skin. BCCs can be treated in a number of different ways, with the best method depending on a number of factors such as the cancers size, location, histological growth pattern and other factors. At the Skin Surgery Centre, we are able to offer a wide range of treatment options including Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and we can help you select the optimal method to treat your cancer.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC) often appear as a pink or red, firm nodule or lump that has a rough surface. SCCs can often grow quite rapidly, be quite tender, and can ulcerate and bleed. SCC are often treated with surgical excision or Mohs Micrographic surgery if they are higher risk.

Melanoma

Melanoma can arise anywhere on the skin surface, but occurs within a preexisting mole in 1/3rd of cases and in normal appearing skin in 2/3rds of cases. The most frequent site for melanoma in men is the trunk, particularly upper back and shoulders. The most frequent sites for melanoma in women are the legs followed by the trunk. Melanoma can also rarely occur in mucosal, genital, nail bed, and ocular sites. Risk factors for the development of melanoma include: blue or green eyes, blond or red hair, fair complexion with a tendency to freckle, sunburn and to tan poorly, the presence of multiple atypical moles, a personal or family history of melanoma, and a history of significant UV exposure or sunburns.

The earliest clinical features of melanoma include a change in the size, shape, or color and occasionally persistent itching in a lesion. Later features include ulceration, bleeding, and/or tenderness.

The earlier a melanoma is diagnosed, the better the chance of it being able to treated successfully. To help make an early diagnosis, having your moles checked in person by a dermatologist is the most accurate method. We perform full skin checks with mole mapping as required. For your peace of mind make an appointment for you and your family to have your moles checked today.

Dr Ludgate has worked in one of the largest melanoma centers in the USA and has performed leading research on melanoma.

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