Will my skin cancer be disfiguring?

Squamous_cell_carcinoma_(2)With skin cancer rates rising, it is something we all need to take seriously. Fortunately, there is a great deal an individual can do to prevent it (86% of malignant melanoma are preventable) and survival rates are high. Indeed, detect it early and skin cancer does not have to be life threatening – but in some cases it can be disfiguring, causing much distress.

Early detection is key

The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma (BCC). While basal cell carcinoma only very rarely spreads beyond its original tumour site to any vital organs, it still requires vigilance and early treatment.

The larger the tumour is permitted to grow, the more extensive is the surgery required to remove it – and the greater the risk of disfigurement. At an early stage, the scar resulting from removal is likely to be relatively discreet, easily camouflaged by make up.

More significant surgery may require skin grafts or flaps to repair the wounds. At his Milton Keynes skin clinic, highly qualified plastic surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh sees many patients who are worried about changes in their skin. He offers the full range of removal and repair options, from skin excision biopsy to full thickness skin grafts.

What are the early signs of basal cell carcinoma?

Milton Keynes skin surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh advises all his patients to regularly monitor their skin in order to help them identify potentially hazardous changes early on.

There are several early indications of basal cell carcinoma including: a reddish patch or irritated area (frequently located on arms, legs, chest, shoulders or face); a shiny bump or nodule; a persistent, non-healing open sore; a white, yellow or waxy area that is like a scar; or a pink growth with rolled, slightly elevated border and crusted indentation in the centre.

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