Skin cancer is caused by abnormal cells which multiply locally, or in certain cases spread to other parts of the body. Although there are other rare causes, the prime trigger for skin cancer is exposure to the sun.
As with any cancer, early, accurate diagnosis helps greatly. By reducing treatment, tissue removal, possible scarring and by increasing successful intervention. If caught early, cure rates are close to 100%.
More advanced cases can be treated effectively and whatever the stage, we are here to help. Our core message is still that if you suspect you have a skin cancer, please see a specialist at the first possible opportunity.
Successful skin cancer treatment is led by efficient diagnosis, for conditions which can look quite similar, or require care to identify as active or benign.
The experienced eye of a consultant is a key tool, which can be backed up with scientific support. This may be state of the art equipment, such as the latest image enhancing and retaining microscopes, or the assistance of a lab.
Modern microscopy has reduced the need for biopsies but they can still be required. A section of the infected area is surgically removed with care, perhaps a local aneasthetic will be used, or at times not needed.
The sample is analysed by a cellular pathologist, with particular knowledge of skin cancers. The result quickly returned to your consultant, which may be part of confirming a safe position, or decision making on treatment where required.
Treating Skin Cancer
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or immunotherapy can be part of treating malignant melanoma. In most cases though, including melanoma, the best answer is complete surgical removal of the affected area.
Our consultant surgeons can often carry this out as a day surgery procedure and will adopt the best approach to maximise a cure, whilst minimising tissue damage. This can include a dedicated skin cancer technique called Mohs surgery.
Whilst Mohs and wider surgical excision are used with aesthetic requirements in mind, the most important aspect is to completely remove the cancerous tissue. Where this has left a cosmetic problem, plastic surgery is available.
Complete In House Care
Having leading reconstructive and plastic surgeons on our team is an asset. As is the presence of specialists with much experience of skin cancers affecting the face, head and neck, or related oral cancers.
We still feel that the most important aspect of caring for our patients is to ensure they receive the unique support they and their condition deserve. Every skin cancer and every person is different.
Why not read a little more on the way we help when you visit our clinic. With an in depth personal diagnosis and explanation of skin cancers.