The incidence of skin cancer is increasing yearly. People are living longer and their skin is damaged by excess sun exposure. This results in three types of skin cancer. The commonest is the basal cell carcinoma (rodent ulcer). Sixty per cent of these lesions affect the head and neck area. This does not spread to the rest of the body but is locally invasive.
The other two cancers have the potential to spread into the lymph glands and other vital structures such as lung, bone and liver. It is important to screen patients to detect these lesions early and provide a correct treatment. Currently, surgery is the best option for skin cancer removal where lesions are removed and the margins are confirmed by checking with a microscope. If the surgery is carried out correctly the results are generally achieved with minimal deformity.
Ageing produces superficial lesions such as seborrhoeic keratosis, actinic keratosis and skin tags. Excess sun exposure and hormonal imbalance produces melasma, chloasma and thread veins.
Excessive smoking can cause lines particularly along the upper lip. Increased alcohol intake can cause a condition called rhinophyma. All these problems are solved by simple surgical excision or by using the different lasers we have in the clinic.
Contact us for a consultation to find out more about skin cancer removal and removing other related skin lesions.
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