Skin cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. The vast majority are caused by sun exposure and the use of sun beds, which lead to damage to the skin cells. Some families are also more prone to developing skin cancers, due in part to their genes.

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Skin cancers are categorised into non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) and melanoma.

Non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC)

There are many different types of NMSC, but the vast majority are one of two types, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

BCC – Most common type of all NMSC and account for approximately 80% of skin cancers. These are normally slow growing and cause local problems such as weeping, crusting and bleeding.

SCC – This is the second most common skin cancer type. These can potentially spread to other parts of the body (metastasise), therefore early specialist management is important.

Melanoma

These look like abnormal moles in that the vast majority are a form of brown colour. However, only about 30% develop in previous ‘normal’ moles. Although this is much less common than NMSC, it can be more serious as if left untreated it can spread to other parts of the body (metastasise)

Mr Ridha is a specialist in the management of skin cancers and is a member of a multidisciplinary skin cancer team. He is trained to assess skin lesions using a dermatoscope, providing greater accuracy in diagnosis. As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he is able to remove lesions and reconstruct defects in even the most cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face whilst achieving an optimal aesthetic outcome.