Skin Cancer is the commonest form of cancer in Australia and Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. The 3 main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and Malignant Melanoma (MM).
Thankfully the majority of skin cancers can be fully cured when detected early. The key to the treatment is the early detection and diagnosis of the skin cancer before it has progressed to an advanced stage.
Unfortunately, skin cancer detection and diagnosis is more complex than realised by most people. Some skin cancers are obvious and easy to detect but many are subtle and hard to detect. In order to have a high success rate, the doctor needs the correct background of rigorous formal training and extensive clinical experience with thousands of skin cancers.
Dr Tasman Lipscombe fulfils this criteria, and is recognised as one of the leading experts in Sydney in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Treatment
Is the most advanced and effective treatment for skin cancer available. See Mohs Surgery page for full details.
Surgical excision is the treatment of choice for most skin cancers, as recognised by the most recent National Guidelines produced by the Australian Government in conjunction with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Most smaller skin cancers can be removed easily and effectively by this method under local anaesthetic.
Flap and Graft Surgery
Some larger cancers when removed leave a hole in the skin which then needs to be covered. This can be done by moving adjacent skin into the hole (a flap) or by placing a patch of skin from another site into the hole (a graft).
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
PDT is a non-surgical treatment. It is an excellent treatment with high cure rates but can only be used on early skin cancers. It involves the application of an anti-cancer cream, followed by intensive light treatment. Most patients require a course of only two PDT treatments.
Imiquimod (Aldara) and 5-Fluorouracil (Efudix) creams are non-surgical treatments which involve the regular application of anti-cancer creams over several weeks to burn off skin cancer. They are only effective against early and superficial skin cancers.
There are multiple other skin cancer treatments available including freezing (Liquid Nitrogen), Scraping (Curettage) and Burning (Diathermy).