Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world. Most Skin cancers are treated surgically by excision and reconstruction.
The majority of skin cancers can be treated by simple excision under local anaesthetic. This usually leaves a linear scar. Larger skin cancers may need to be excised and the defects reconstructed under general anaesthesia. Reconstructive options include skin grafts or flaps to resurface the defects created by excision of the lesion.
All excised specimens are sent for histopathalogical examination to confirm the diagnosis and to ensure adequate treatment.
Your surgeon will discuss the appropriate pathology and the follow-up requirements based on the histological diagnosis. We strongly advise that patients consult a doctor if they have a new lesion, spot or blemish on their skin that does not resolve in six weeks.