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Skin Cancers

Skin cancers are abnormal malignant growths that involve various layers of the skin.  The cause of most common types of skin cancers is from excessive sun exposure.

Types of Skin Cancer

The three most common types of skin cancers include Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma.

1. BASAL CELL CARCINOMA (BCC)

2. SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA (SCC)

3. MALIGNANT MELANOMA

Diagnosis of Skin Cancers

If you have a growth, skin lesion or mole that looks abnormal or has changed, you should seek the opinion of your local general practitioner or dermatologist.  A biopsy may be performed to obtain a diagnosis.

Treatment of Skin Cancers

These can be treated in a number of ways.  Often, surgery is required to remove the cancers and the defect requires reconstruction which may include suturing, skin grafts or skin flaps.  These are usually performed by plastic surgeons, particularly if the defects are on the face.  This surgery can be performed under a local anaesthetic or with sedation (twilight anaesthesia) or under general anaesthesia depending on personal choice and what would be most appropriate for you.