Skin cancer and skin lesions

Skin Cancer and other Skin Lesions

If skin cancers are detected while still small, a simple excision might be enough to remove them.

Waiting until these lesions become large could result in skin grafts or complex fl aps for reconstruction.

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

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.

Basal cell carcinoma

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes Basal Cell Carcinomas to develop?
Who is most likely to develop BCCs?
Can I leave a BCC to resolve on its own?
Malignant Melanoma

Malignant Melanoma

Melanoma, or MM, as it is commonly referred to, develops from the pigment-containing cells of the skin, the melanocytes. MM typically develop from moles that have increased in size, that have irregular edges, that have changed in colour, or are itchy.

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous skin cancer, and if undetected for too long can lead to death.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are Melanomas most likely to occur?
What causes Malignant Melanomas?
What do they look like?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

These cancers resemble red patches, open sores, warts, or elevated growths. They sometimes crust or bleed.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer.
Squamous cell carcinoma

Frequently Asked Questions

When should you get a potential problem spot evaluated?
What causes squamous cell carcinomas?
Benign skin lesions

Benign Skin Lesions

Benign skin lesions are non-cancerous. They can become large and painful and impair function. This does not mean, however, that they should not or need not be surgically removed.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should you be concerned about a skin lesion?
When is the best time to have lesions attended to?
What types of lesions are there?

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