Patients are given a comprehensive Full Body Skin Check using dermoscopy scans and digital imaging . Photos are taken for comparison over time to detect early changes. Biopsies and surgeries are also done in the clinic. More information on:
Dermoscopy is a very specialized and highly skilled method of skin cancer detection. It uses a special ‘microscope’ to examine moles and skin lesions. In skilled hands of our doctor, this can help pick up early changes of melanoma
Digital imaging is an important aid in the monitoring, evaluation and detection of skin cancers. Digital monitoring closely examines skin lesions over time, to detect any suspicious changes. It automatically analyse characteristics of skin lesions such as the borders, colour, symmetry and size of suspicious colours and structures. It also records the location of skin lesions in selected body areas and pinpoints new or changing skin lesions based on the photographs of your skin lesions. From this skin check we can decide:
If the doctor thinks that a suspicious area might be skin cancer, the area (or part of it) will be removed and sent to a lab to be looked at under a microscope. This is called a skin biopsy. If the biopsy removes the entire tumor, it’s often enough to cure basal and squamous cell skin cancers without further treatment.
There are different types of skin biopsies. The doctor will choose one based on the suspected type of skin cancer, where it is on your body, its size, and other factors. Any biopsy will probably leave at least a small scar. Different methods can result in different scars, so if this is a concern, ask your doctor about possible scarring before the biopsy is done. No matter which type of biopsy is done, it should remove as much of the suspected area as possible so that an accurate diagnosis can be made.
Skin biopsies are done using a local anaesthetic (numbing medicine), which is injected into the area with a very small needle. You will probably feel a small prick and a little stinging as the medicine is injected, but you should not feel any pain during the biopsy.
Surgery forms the mainstay of treatment for many skin cancers and moles. Cancers such as solid and invasive Basal Cell Cancers, Squamous cell cancers, and abnormal moles should be treated with surgery. Trusting a doctor with years of experience and training is important as this ensures that your skin cancer is completely removed, and your scarring is minimal. Looking after your wound after skin cancer surgery is essential for the best scar results.
Important facts on surgery for skin cancer