The most common form of treatment is complete excision of a cancerous skin tumour. Mohs’ micrographic surgery, a specialised form of surgery, can also be used to remove certain skin cancers.
In certain situations where complete removal of the tumour is not feasible, other forms of therapy such as radiotherapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT) or topical therapy (immune-regulating creams) may be used.
After removal of a malignant skin tumour, patients should follow up regularly with their dermatologist for a few years. This is to look out for any recurrences of the tumour. The doctor will also assess if there are new tumours in other areas. For patients where the condition has spread to involve other organs, they will need to be managed jointly with an oncologist cancer specialist.
Most of our lifetime sun exposure occurs in the first 20 years of our lives. It is important to develop good sun protection habits in children.