Once thought to be a rare skin cancer the incidence of melanoma is now increasing. If diagnosed and treated early it can be cured. Surgery still remains the mainstay of treatment for this condition.
As the majority of melanomas arise from the skin it is one of the few cancers that people can detect themselves.
Non Melanoma Skin Cancers
These are far more common than melanoma and more treatable. Most of these will be found in the head and neck area and once again are relatively easy to identify.
If you have a lesion (growth) on your skin and you are uncertain about it then do not hesitate to contact us. Professor Powell's clinical experience and use of the dermatoscope can invariably diagnose your problem there and then. If necessary we can offer a biopsy/excision service under local anaesthetic in a 'See & Treat' clinic environment.
Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Sentinel Node Biopsy
The Sentinel node is the first lymph node reached by melanoma cells if they spread from the original skin growth.
There are various advantages to sentinel node procedure.
First and foremost is a prognostic indicator. Many people request such information to know whether their melanoma is 'good' or 'bad'. There are definitely other benefits of the sentinel node technique. It is not indicated for everyone who has malignant melanoma and therefore if you have recently had this diagnosis made and would like to discuss this and further treatment options please do not hesitate to contact us.
Increasingly more people are concerned about their skin and the possible damage they could have been subjected to in their youth. Professor Powell is happy to offer 'skin checks'. If necessary a biopsy of suspicious lesions can be performed and/or photography taken for people with a large number of moles (mole mapping).
For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.