How serious is skin cancer and what type of doctor should you go to for an accurate diagnosis and treatment? In most cases, skin cancer is not serious and can be successfully treated by a dermatologist – especially if it is diagnosed early.
Dermatologists provide a wide range of different treatments for the 3 different types of skin cancer:
A dermatologist may treat skin cancer in one of the following ways or use a combination of treatments. The treatment will depend on the type of cancer as well as the stage of the cancer.
This is the most common and effective strategy to remove or excise skin cancer cells or moles. There are a number of different surgical options available including:
Once again, there are a number of approaches to radiotherapy to treat skin cancer cells. This procedure is generally a targeted approach to reducing the size of skin cancer growths or tumours.
However, radiotherapy is most commonly used to treat non-melanoma cancer such as Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Treatment requires multiple, short sessions that are painless and does not result in scarring. The success rate is around 95% for non-melanoma skin cancer.
Laser therapy is commonly used to eliminate the top layer and upper layers of cancer cells in Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Phototherapy (light therapy) treatments involve the application of a solution to the affected area that will be activated by exposure to light, effectively eliminating cancer cells in the top layers of the skin.
It is important to visit a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss the different treatment options that are available for skin cancer.
Searching for and finding a trustworthy dermatologist in Melbourne isn’t easy. However, if you need to seek advice from a trusted and experienced dermatologist, look no further than Brighton Dermatology.
We are able to deal with a large range of skin diseases and disorders and help you to restore your health and confidence.
Please call us today for a consultation on (03) 9592 7474 or contact us via our website.