Skin Cancers

The diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers forms a major proportion of an Australian dermatologist’s workload. Due to our love of the outdoors and our fair skin, Australians have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. This is not to say that those of us with darker skins are safe from skin cancer.

The three most common skin cancers that are seen are:

  1. Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs)
  2. Squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs)
  3. Malignant melanoma.

It is important to recognise there are different subtypes of skin cancers within each group that can carry very different prognoses. Your ESD dermatologist is trained to correctly diagnose and then suggest treatment that is suited to your specific diagnosis.

Eastern Suburbs Dermatology is set up to perform minor surgical skin cancer procedures (both an initial skin biopsy as well as formal surgical removal of the tumour if needed), without the need to attend a day surgery or hospital. Specimens that are collected are referred to a specialist in skin pathology to ensure a very high standard of care is taken in interpreting your result.

Precancerous lesions such as solar or actinic keratosis are commonly seen in those with fair skin, ESD dermatologists can diagnose and advise treatments for individual lesions as well as field therapies where appropriate – treatments include liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, cream options and photodynamic therapy.

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