Dr Sheraz highlights an increased growth in the rate of skin cancers, along with the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.
A 2014 clinical study started from a proven premise. The larger they are allowed to become, basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) will have poorer treatment outcomes.
The study sought to establish growth rates and noted that even a few months can see notable change, particularly in BCC. Early diagnosis ensured smaller lesions, less extensive treatment and better results, including reduced scarring.
As the video above suggests, this is a philosophy we support. By providing quick access to consultants, technology to support their diagnostic skills and skin cancer treatment which considers cosmetic needs.
A Personal Diagnosis
Understanding your background can play a part in diagnosis, from sun exposure, to family medical history. Appreciating your wishes matters, to achieve a solution you are happy with when treatment is needed.
Your consultant’s specialist eye counts for much, although they will be assisted by advanced diagnostic equipment. From a hand held, image capturing microsope, called a dermoscope, to laser based confocal microscopy, to look beneath your skin.
Non cancerous or cancerous lesions of different types can appear similar. Identifying their precise nature matters and is the first step to creating a personal treatment plan.
If issues you noticed turn out not to be cancerous, that is good news and corrective treatment can be arranged if needed. Where basal cell, or squamous cell carinomas are identified, the finest care will be available.
Medical & Cosmetic Treatment
A treatment plan will depend on the nature, depth and size of the basal, or squamous cell carinomas found. In all cases, the approach will be to achieve maximum effect with minimal intervention.
In minor cases, topical chemotherapy (a cream) can be valuable, or cryosurgery (freezing). Photodynamic therapy may be a suitable solution, a combination of a special light and light sensitive medication.
Simple surgical excision under local anaesthetic is often effective, as laser surgery can be. Experienced Mohs surgeons are available in house, Mohs surgery is a technique which minimises defects for a better cosmetic result.
Our first task should be to cure your skin cancer, yet we appreciate the importance of a good aesthetic outcome. In rare case where advanced plastic surgery will help after treatment, this is again provided by our clinics.
Skin Care Network Support
Although in a small number of cases, particularly SCCs, they can spread, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas do not normally penetrate your body, to become life threatening.
They are still inconvenient, unwanted and often uncomfortable. A problem which as the study we mentioned earlier confirms, is likely to worsen over time.
With up to date diagnosis and treatment, cure rates are extremely high and there is no need to live with BCCs, or SCCs. Monitoring programs are also available, for anyone who may have concerns for the future.
Our London skin cancer treatment centres in Barnet and Chelsea offer fine care, with an individual focus. You are welcome to get in touch and talk to our friendly staff, to see how we can help.