Diagnosis & Removal of Skin Cancers of The Face
Moles and skin blemishes are generally assumed to be part of our individual character that make us all different. Unfortunately some moles and skin lesions can be quite displeasing to the eye particularly if situated on the face, head or neck. Some may also be abnormal and may infact be a form of skin cancer.
It is important that if you are concerned about the appearance of a mole that you have it assessed by a specialist who is experienced in diagnosis of skin cancers of the head and neck ,and who can offer advice as to whether it needs to be removed.
There are three main types of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma (no tendency to spread) Squamous Cell Carcinoma (potential to spread to other parts of the body) and the pigmented skin cancer Malignant Melanoma (tendency to spread to other parts of the body). Worrying features of moles may include changes such as ulceration, itching, bleeding, increase in size and any associated lumps nearby.
ABCD Warning Signs of Melanoma
- Asymmetry of mole
- Border irregularity of mole
- Color variability within a lesion
- Diameter increasing, especially more than 6 mm
Some examples of skin lesions that you should seek specialist treatment for are shown below.
BASAL CELL CARCINOMA (BCC) Commonly occurs in sun exposed, in particular the face.
SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA(SCC)
It may be necessary to carry out a biopsy (sample from the mole or skin lesion which confirms whether it is normal tissue or a skin cancer). Biopsies can be arranged very easily even at the time of your initial consultation.
Most moles however are benign and if assessed properly can be safely removed for cosmetic reasons. You should discuss this with you specialist before having any treatment.