There are a range of non-surgical treatments available for the treatment of skin cancers, but if your doctor suspects that you may have a skin cancer, a biopsy may be needed for diagnosis. This is a quick and simple procedure usually done under local anaesthesia.
For a known or suspected Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) or Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), the doctor usually cuts out the lesion and sends it to the pathology laboratory for examination under the microscope. If the examination shows that all the cancer cells have probably been removed, you may not need further treatment.
In advising the best treatment for you, Dr Tonks will take into account factors that include your age, general health, the type and size of the skin cancer, where it is on your body, and whether it has spread to other parts of the body. Dr Tonks will discuss the best option in your individual case with you.
For more information about skin cancer, visit the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons website.