In Australia, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer accounting for 80% of all new diagnoses
Skin cancer affects more Australians than any other cancer. In Victoria alone, over 350 people die a year from skin cancer.¹
The three most common forms of skin cancer’s include:
- basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
- squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is the most common cause of skin cancers but UV exposure from tanning beds, welding equipment, and industrial applications has also been shown to cause skin cancers. Exposure to chemicals, such as arsenic, and coal tar, over a long period of time can also lead to the formation of some skin cancers.
Signs you might have skin cancer
There are a number of signs that may be indicators of skin cancer. Five of those signs are:
- New moles
- An outline of a mole that becomes irregular
- Moles which increase in size
- A spot that is varied in colour or that changes from brown to black
- A spot which develops a lump within it or becomes raised
This is by no means a comprehensive list, and it is recommended you visit your GP if you are worried about any spots or moles that seem unusual.
Surgical methods for skin cancer removal
Dr Weymouth offers a number of different treatment options for skin cancer. The treatment used depends on:
- the type of skin cancer
- your age
- health status
- other medical conditions
Dr Weymouth offers several methods to treat skin cancer:
- Surgical excision: As the name suggests, the procedure involves removing the entire tumour mass.
- Cryosurgery: Liquid nitrogen is applied to the area to freeze and kill abnormal cancer cells
Skin cancer surgery from Dr Weymouth in Melbourne
Dr Weymouth is a member of the Victorian Melanoma Service, one of Australia’s largest multidisciplinary melanoma treatment services. After he finished his fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery he worked as a consultant plastic surgeon in the field of skin cancer surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. With over a decade of experience, and specialist training, Dr Weymouth can help treat your skin cancer safely and effectively.
If you would like to know more about skin cancer surgery, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.