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Skin Cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma

This skin cancer usually appears as a small, fleshy bump or nodule – most often on the head, neck and hands. Occasionally these cancers may appear on the trunk as red patches.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

This skin cancer may appear as a bump or as a red, scaly patch. Typically, it is found on the rim of the ear, the face, the lips and mouth.


This is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It usually presents as a changing mole or a new pigmented or dark spot on the body. If any new dark spot arises on the skin, it is imperative that this is examined by a dermatologist as melanoma, although potentially deadly, can be treated with good patient outcomes if identified early.

How can I prevent these cancers from occurring?

  • Sun and Tanning / Tanning Bed avoidance is the best defense against skin cancer.
  • Apply sunscreens with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30 with both UVA and UVB coverage.

The use of sunscreen should always be part of a program for sun avoidance and never as an excuse for increasing sun exposure.

What is the best cure?

Early detection is the best way to ensure a cure. If any growth, mole, sore or skin discoloration appears suddenly or begins to change, see your dermatologist.