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Frequently Asked Questions:Skin Cancer

We've put together some commonly requested information regarding Skin Cancer.

Skin Cancer


What types of skin cancer can be treated surgery?

All forms of skin cancer can be treated using surgery. The two main forms are melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, and Stephen McCulley is experienced in both diagnosing and treating all types. Three common types of skin cancer are:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal Cell Carcinoma, also known as Rodent Ulcer, is the most common form of non-melanoma skin cancer, and in most cases it develops as a result of recurrent sun exposure. Unlike other forms of cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma does not spread around the body, however it is still advisable to obtain treatment as soon as possible as this type of tumor tends to grow resembling the roots of a tree, and may spread under the surface of the skin if it is ignored.

What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common type of non-melanoma skin cancer. This form of cancer can spread around the body through the blood stream, and is therefore essential to seek early treatment.

How would I recognize if I had Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinomas vary in appearance. Sometimes they can appear as a flat scaly mark, in other cases they may present themselves as a pearl-like rim surrounding a central crater. If you have an unusual mark on your skin, it is always recommended to speak to a medical professional as soon as possible, as early detection of skin cancer increases the chances of it being successfully treated.

How would I recognize if I had Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cancer?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma doesn’t always present itself in the same way and can vary greatly from person to person. A common sign is a scaly or crusty area of skin, or lump surrounded by a red inflamed base.

What is Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma?

Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment cells of the skin. Whilst this form of cancer is malignant and can spread to other areas of the body, if it is diagnosed and treated quickly the outlook can be good.

What is Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma?

Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment cells of the skin. Whilst this form of cancer is malignant and can spread to other areas of the body, if it is diagnosed and treated quickly the outlook can be good.

How would I recognize if I had Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma?

Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma will often have an irregular edge, differ in colour and may also itch.

How would I recognize if I had Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma?

Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma will often have an irregular edge, differ in colour and may also itch.

How is Skin Cancer treated?

Surgery for skin cancer will usually involve a direct excision, however different people may require more complex treatment to suit their specific case.

How much does it cost to undergo Skin Cancer surgery?

The costs to undergo surgery to treat skin cancer varies from patient to patient. During your consultation, you will be advised on the costs, based on your own personal diagnosis.

Does the surgery offer permanent results?

With cancer, there can be no guarantees that it will not recur, however acting quickly and undergoing surgery to remove the tumor will give a patient the best possible chance of a full recovery.

How soon after diagnosis can I have surgery?

As with all forms of cancer, early detection and treatment is essential, so the sooner you receive medical treatment the better. Generally, surgery is carried out shortly after diagnosis to prevent any chances of the cancer spreading or worsening.

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