Skin Care and Surgery Ltd

Dr. Varghese

Promoting Healthy Skin

Skin Cancer: Recognition and Treatment

Dr Jibu Varghese is trained to recognise the early signs of skin cancer. He will carry out the appropriate treatment at the earliest opportunity to ensure the best recovery is possible.

The Early Signs of Skin Cancer

Many skin cancers develop where they can be seen. For that reason, there is a good chance of catching them early. Regular examination of the skin for new or unusual growths, or changes in existing moles, is critical.

Possible Symptoms of Skin Cancer

A Spot or Sore

Spots and sores are common. But, if you have one that doesn’t heal within four weeks, have it  checked. Also, look out for a spot or sore that hurts, is itchy, crusty, scabs over, or bleeds for more than four weeks.

Ulcer

Look out for an area of skin that’s broken down and doesn’t heal within four weeks. If you can't think of a reason for this change, you should think about making an appointment.

Lumps

Watch out for small, slow-growing, shiny, pink, or red lumps.

Red Patches on Your Skin

These red patches could also be itchy. Red patches could be caused by other, non-cancerous skin conditions. However, it is best to have it checked to make sure.

When to Have Moles Checked

Have your moles examined under any of the following circumstances:

  • They Get Bigger
  • They Change Shape – Particularly if they Get an Irregular Edge
  • They Change Colour – Getting Darker, Patchy, or Multi-Shaded
  • Loss of Symmetry – When Two Halves of a Mole Do Not Look the Same
  • They Itch or are Painful
  • They Bleed or Become Crusty
  • They Look Inflamed
  • You Have a Family History of Melanoma

Treatment of Skin Cancer

Depending on the diagnosis, a range of treatment options are possible. This includes:

  • Full Body Examination
  • Excision of Mole / Growth Followed by Appropriate Surgical Closure
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Annual Follow-Ups

CONTACT our dermatologists today, in Dorchester, Dorset, for more information about skin cancer.