Why Is It Necessary For Skin Cancer Surgery?
When it comes to skin cancer, early Intervention is crucial for successful treatment, as it allows us to remove cancerous growths before they can spread to other parts of your body.
A Skin cancer surgical treatment provides the most direct and effective means of removing cancerous tissue, ensuring the elimination of all cancer cells. Removing cancerous tissue at an early stage significantly improves your chances of full recovery, preserving your long-term health and well-being.
At Manningham Skin Cancer Clinic, our skilled doctors are experienced in advanced surgical and skin cancer that remove cancer and aim to minimise scarring, leaving you with the best cosmetic outcome possible.
Types of Skin Cancer Surgery Procedures
At Manningham Skin Cancer Clinic, we offer a range of skin cancer surgery types of procedures tailored to your specific needs:
- Mole Excisions: Involve the removal of suspicious or cancerous moles. This procedure is vital for preventing the spread of cancerous cells.
- Skin Cancer Excisions: For more extensive cases, we perform skin cancer excisions to remove larger areas of affected skin. This ensures that all cancerous tissue is completely eliminated.
- Larger Excisions Requiring Flaps or Grafts In cases where a larger portion of skin needs to be removed, we may use advanced techniques such as flaps or grafts to reconstruct the area and promote optimal healing.
Types of Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells within your skin. In Australia, 2 out of 3 people get diagnosed before age 70. Prevention and early detection are the keys to a prosperous diagnosis and treatment.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer, primarily affecting people with chronic sun exposure. BCC must be fully removed as it will continue growing, destroying the surrounding tissue.
It often appears as a pearly bump or reddish patch; it can also appear as scaly, dry patches that range from shiny and pale to bright pink or even darker. It may also bleed or keep growing slowly and potentially evolve into ulcers.
Some therapies include excision and topical medications.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) can occur from sun exposure or pre-existing skin conditions. Timely treatment is crucial to prevent potential spread as larger SCC can metastasise.
It presents as a scaly, red nodule or crusty bump that may bleed and hurt. SCC can be associated with HPV (Human Papillomavirus), so it could also appear on fingernails, genitals, inside the mouth, etc.
Surgery can be an effective treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and other therapies include topical medications, radiation therapy, and cryotherapy.
Melanoma is the most dangerous and deadliest type of skin cancer; it only accounts for 1% of skin cancers. However, it is more aggressive as it can grow quickly, spreading to lymph nodes and internal organs.
Most melanomas originate from melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells within our skin; that is why most are brown or black, sometimes pink. They can also appear as a patch or bump in an irregular shape or colour.
1 out of 3 Melanomas develop from a normal mole, but most grow out from normal skin, and it can affect the body and is not only limited to the skin as it can appear in the eyes, mouth, digestive tract, urinary tract or vagina.
It has a strong genetic component, so regular checks are important for early detention. Some early signs include the ABCDE parameters: Asymmetry, Borders, Colour, Diameter and Evolving.
Treatment varies by stage, including melanoma skin cancer surgery, lymph node dissection, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or radiation for advanced cases.