Treatments | Detection of Skin Cancer
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The increasing rise in cases of skin cancer, including malignant melanoma, should make everybody aware of the importance of an early diagnosis. Cancer prevention and early diagnosis are two of our biggest concerns. 90% of skin cancer is caused by excessive sun exposure. The first approach with our patients is to teach them how to deal with the sun.
Early diagnosis is crucial for malignant melanoma, as a treatment for advanced melanoma is rarely effective. Dermoscopy allows us to increase diagnostic accuracy, reducing the number of unnecessary excisions of benign skin lesions, sparing time, pain, and cost.
Treatment will be recommended by Dr Brazzini and she will refer patients to her London Clinic to carry out the treatment.
For non-melanoma skin cancer (mainly basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma). An early diagnosis is sensible, but not a matter of life or death. Early stages of non-melanoma skin cancer manifest as slightly raised red lesions covered by a scab.
These pre-cancerous lesions (actinic keratosis) may develop into basal or squamous cell carcinomas. When diagnosed in this stage, non-surgical treatment is easy, effective, and cosmetically acceptable (no scarring).