Cancer & Tumors

Skin Cancer removal : skin lesions can be divided into 2 groups:

  • benign, non-cancerous : e.g.moles, cysts, lipomas, tags. These may be removed because of their size or symptoms, or to improve appearance.
  • basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma are the three most common skin cancers.

BASAL CELL CARCINOMA : is the most common skin cancer. It is slow growing and does not spread to other parts of the body. But it can erode tissues and result in extensive surgery, especially on the face where it most often occurs around the nose, ears, lips and eyelids.

SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA : is usually slow growing, and sometimes spreads to lymph nodes, and further. It may be preceded by lesions called SOLAR KERATOSES (sunspots) which can be treated with liquid nitrogen, topical creams, and laser.

MELANOMA : is a serious skin cancer with the ability to spread at an early stage. Early identification and removal is important. Only about half of melanomas arise in a pre-existing mole.

MOLES (NAEVI) : moles are common skin growths composed of special pigment producing cells. They vary in size, colour and shape. Change in a mole can signify the development of a melanoma, and the lesion should be checked by a doctor. Removal under local anaesthetic is straightforward, and a small scar will remain.

Surgery to remove skin lesions can usually be done under local anaesthetic in my rooms. Some lesions may require a general anaesthetic procedure if the excision and repair are more complex. Dressings are worn for several days, and stitches are removed at 1 week. Sometimes a skin graft is required, and healing time may extend for several weeks.

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