With prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, our delicate skin becomes damaged – the same can be said of tanning beds that provide unhealthy ultraviolet radiation. This can lead to skin cancer, the most common form of which is basal cell carcinoma sometimes referred to as rodent ulcer – a non-melanoma skin cancer.
3 common skin cancers
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) – rarely spreads to other parts of the body
- Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) – most likely to spread to other body parts
- Melanoma – most aggressive skin cancer
Wentworth Clinic has long experience with the diagnosis and removal of skin cancer lesions, 60% of which occur on the head, face, and neck area. Some lesions can be diagnosed accurately just on the clinical presentation. However, others will require a biopsy, where a small portion of the lesion is removed and looked at under the microscope.
Who is most at risk from skin cancer?
- Those who spend prolonged time in the sun
- People who use sun tanning beds
- Fair skinned, blond and red-haired people
- If you have previously had a basal cell carcinoma
- In people over 40
- It is more common in men than women
Early detection of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Skin cancer removal surgery is the gold standard treatment for the majority of these cancerous lesions, and if detected early, can be successfully removed. We will discuss your treatment options with you at the time of your consultation.
If you are concerned about the unusual appearance of a mole or growth, we can arrange a consultation with our expert clinician. Please contact our staff at the Wentworth Clinic who will be happy to schedule your skin cancer screening appointment for you. Alternatively, please complete our online contact form and we will respond to your enquiry.
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