A skin lesion is a part of the skin that has an abnormal growth or appearance compared to the skin around it. There are three major types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers.
A regular self-check of your skin is recommended and a yearly skin check by a professional is advised. If you are concerned about your skin, please see your GP.
If a skin cancer has been diagnosed, your doctor may refer you to the doctor for an excision or wider excision of this lesion.
The majority of skin cancer excisions will be performed in hospital under anaesthetic. the doctor will remove the skin cancer by cutting around it along with a margin of healthy skin to improve the likelihood that all of the cancer has been removed. Once the cancer is removed, the remaining skin can be gently pulled together for stitching or if a lot of skin is removed, the doctor may have to fashion a skin graft or local flap of skin to cover the defect. the doctor will discuss whether a skin graft or flap is needed with you at the time of the consultation.