History of skin cancer
Do you have a family or personal history of skin cancer?
If you have had skin cancer in the past, you are in the high-risk category and are likely to develop the disease again. For example, if you have recently been treated for a basal cell carcinoma, you are twice as likely to develop a melanoma and have a 40 percent chance of developing another basal cell carcinoma within three years.
For this reason, it is important to take extra steps to protect yourself. Early detection is critical to successfully treating and surviving skin cancer, so regular skin checks are essential for catching the next one before it does serious damage. Your doctor will advise how regularly you should come in for a skin check, and this will vary from every couple of months to once a year.
Just been diagnosed?
It is not easy to learn you have skin cancer. Most people automatically think the worst, but the good news is that most skin cancers are curable if detected early. Try to keep calm and find out more about your diagnosis. Ask your doctor:
1. What type of skin cancer is it?
The three main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. They vary in aggressiveness and will be treated with different methods. Learn more about different treatment options here.
2. How deep is the skin cancer?
Most superficial cancers (only affecting the top layer of skin) can be cured and may require a non-surgical treatment. Deeper cancers are treated in a variety of ways, from superficial to multi-stage surgery. If you have been diagnosed with a fast-growing melanoma, the most important first step is to have it removed as soon as possible.
Our team will answer any questions you may have and will assist you through every stage of your journey from diagnosis to treatment and surgery after-care. Learn more about our services here.
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