Early detection of skin cancer is essential to prevent dire consequences, such as skin grafts and complex reconstructions.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer. These cancers are often ignored, because they look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps and scars. If you present with any of these lesions, which have not healed or disappeared within a month or two, you should consult your general practitioner or dermatologist for advice.

BCCs, as they are called in short, are usually caused by a combination of cumulative sun exposure, or intense, occasional sun exposure – these episodes of sun exposure usually took place between the ages of two and twenty-five, but only present when patients are older, and not necessarily exposed to the sun any more.

Patients who worked in the sun, like farmers, avid sportsmen, sailors and pilots, and who grew up in the southern hemisphere are very likely to develop basal cell carcinoma at some stage in their lives.

If basal cell carcinomas are detected when they are still small, a simple excision might be enough to remove them, however, waiting until these lesions become large could result in skin grafts or complex flaps for reconstruction.

I will discuss the various reconstructive options with you, based on your specific circumstances. Your safety is essential and will remain the primary concern in reconstructive procedures. Any reconstructive procedure will be tailored to you, considering the best aesthetic outcome, and the impact the reconstruction may have on your lifestyle.