Following your diagnosis your consultant will carry out further tests to identify the type of cancer you have and the extent of its spread. This then confirms the treatment plan that would be tailor-made for you.
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a non-melanoma skin cancer originating in the basal cell layer. It mainly affects fair skinned people around the face, neck, head and is usually linked to your skin being exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays either directly from the sun or sunbeds. BCC, however, is not a hereditary condition.
Squamous cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) originates in the squamous cell layer of your skin. This non-melanoma can appear on sun exposed areas of your face, ears, neck, lips, and the back of your hands. Unlike BCC, they are more likely to grow to other parts of the body but can be removed by your consultant. If not treated, actinic keratoses and Bowen’s disease can develop into SCC.
Melanoma Skin Cancer
Melanoma is a malignant form of skin cancer that is believed to be caused by sudden direct exposure to UV rays from the sun and sunbeds. They are commonly found in people with fair skin. If you find any changes in an existing mole or find a new mole on your body, this may be a sign of melanoma and you should get this checked by your consultant. If you have had melanoma in the past, it is important for you to have your skin reviewed regularly as there is a risk of it reappearing.