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Skin cancer

Australians are at higher risk of skin cancers than most other countries because of our high UV radiation (due to depleted ozone layer), lifestyle and high percentage of Celtic skin heritage.

Most are “non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs)” including basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). BCCs are the most common and have the favourable feature of not being able to spread into your system by blood or lymphatics. Most are simply excised or in some cases treated with a cream. IF they are on the nose or the ear, we may need to perform a skin graft or local skin flap to reconstruct the area left after removal. This will usually happen as a day-case in hospital, where you are sedated for the procedure.

Melanomas range form the non-invasive (or “in-situ” or “level1”), which have a similar significance to BCC, to levels of invasive disease. Most people present with a single lesion which is excised with a certain margin, determined by a biopsy, and the resulting defect reconstructed appropriately.. Often, it is a simple excision performed in the office, but if the lesion is large, or on an area with no loose skin, then a graft or flap may be needed, and a trip to hospital is necessary.

According to Cancer Council Australia, skin cancers make up around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. And with two in three Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, it is highly likely you will need skin cancer surgery at some point in your life.

Why are Australians more susceptible? Australians are at a higher risk of skin cancers than most other countries because of our high UV radiation (due to a depleted ozone layer), lifestyle and high percentage of Celtic skin heritage.

Most skin cancers are “non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs)” including basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). BCCs are the most common skin cancer and have the favourable feature of not being able to spread into your system by blood or lymphatics. Most BCCs are simply excised or in some cases treated with a cream. If a BCC is on the nose or the ear, we may need to perform a skin graft or local skin flap to reconstruct the area left after removal. This will usually happen as a day case in hospital where you are sedated for the procedure.

Melanomas range from the non-invasive (also known as “in-situ” or “level 1”), which have a similar significance to BCC, to levels of invasive disease. Most people present with a single lesion to be excised. After excision with a certain margin, a biopsy is done to determine the level of malignancy. Following the excision, the resulting defect is reconstructed appropriately.

Often, the excision is simple and can be performed in our office. However if the lesion is large, or on an area with no loose skin, then a graft or flap may be needed. And this may mean a trip to hospital. Either way, I will communicate clearly with you to ensure you are familiar with the process and procedure needed.

We value your time so if the lesion can be removed in your first visit, we will accommodate this. To have a discussion with me, a qualified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in the removal of skin lesions and reconstruction, contact us today to book an appointment.

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