Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia. It is most often caused by ultraviolet radiation. Early detection and diagnosis is important to obtain a favourable outcome.
We provide expertise in the early diagnosis and management of solar damage and skin cancers.
The most common types of skin cancers are:
• Basal cell carcinoma
• Squamous cell carcinoma
• Melanoma

Skin cancers can now be treated by a variety of modalities, including both medical and surgical. Factors affecting these decisions include: the type of cancer, its thickness, its location and other concurrent medical factors.
Treatment options include:
• Surgical excision
• Serial curettage and diathermy
• Topical imiquimod immunotherapy
• Topical 5-fluouracil – a topical chemotherapeutic agent
• Photodynamic Therapy – a topical photosensitizer is applied to the affected area prior to exposure to a specific light source
• Radiotherapy

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