Skin Cancer

About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a common condition, with more than 100,000 new cases diagnosed in the UK every year.

There are various types of skin cancer including:

*    Basal cell carcinoma
*    Squamous cell carcinoma
*    Melanoma
*    Belign moles

Other questions you may have about skin cancer types could be:

*   What is skin cancer?
*   How do you get skin cancer?
*   What is the cause of skin cancer?

I’m a reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon and I also have years of expertise in skin cancer.  For more in-depth answers on the above questions please contact us.

Should you require a skin cancer screening, please book a consultation and I will be happy to take a look.

Skin Cancer Types

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma, also known as “Rodent Ulcer”, is the most common skin cancer, amounting to around 75% to 80% of all skin cancers.

Fortunately, it is the least aggressive of all skin cancers it very rarely invades distant tissues therefore it can be cured by completely removing the lesion.

Basal cell carcinomas are a common condition of old age but the can appear at anytime in adulthood and therefore regular skin cancer screenings are essential.

Sun exposure is a significant factor in their development but there are other conditions genetic or toxic that can lead to the appearance of basal cell carcinomas.

Read more about basal cell carcinoma.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinomas are the second most common skin cancer. As opposed to basal cell carcinomas a proportion of these cancers can metastasize (invade distant tissues) therefore an early diagnosis and treatment is of the essence.

There are a variety of causes of these tumors in the skin:

*   Ultraviolet light (Sun exposure, UV lamps)
*   Discoid Lupus and other chronic disorders
*   Exposure to toxic chemicals: Tar, Arsenic
*   Old burn scars
*   Patients on immunosuppressants
*   A few patients that have had human papilloma virus infections (HPV 5 and 8 )

Read more about squamous cell carcinoma

Melanoma

Melanoma accounts for 10% of all skin cancers. It is an aggressive tumor that readily metastasizes so it is of paramount importance to diagnose and treat these lesions as early as possible.

It can occur anywhere in the body but it has a predilection for female legs and the male torso.

Factors that contribute to the appearance of melanoma are UV light (sun and sun lamp exposure). There is also a degree of genetic predisposition in some types of melanoma.

Read more about melanoma.

Skin cancer is a serious illness and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Go for annual skin cancer checks, especially if you could have benign moles or have a family history of cancer of the skin.
For further information or advice, call us 07425 162493  to book a confidential consultation with our surgeon or fill in our contact form.