Dr Greg Taylor - plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon

Surgical Procedures

Melanoma & Skin Cancer Surgery

New Zealand's harsh UV rays mean that skin cancer and melanoma are very prevalent. To protect against the early signs of skin cancer, we should wear sunscreen, hats and stay out of the sun between those peak hours. We all remember the 'slip slop slap' advertising campaign on television.

Even though skin cancer and melanomas influence a significant number of people, many are still oblivious to what it is, how it is caused and what treatments are available.

It is caused by protracted exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun, though there are many other forms as well. It results in the formation of patches or sometimes the accretion of melanin creates a dark blemish that ultimately turns into a scar. All such marks and scars can be removed and the original tint of the complexion can be restored with the help of skin cancer surgery.

Skin cancer like melanoma is potentially fatal. Therefore, it is imperative that skin cancer treatment is begun early. Surgery is the oldest form of treating skin cancer. This treatment involves the removal of the tumor and some adjacent healthy tissues in order to stem the cancer spread. Primarily, there are three forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, which is the most frequent type of cancer and can be treated without difficulty. Second, squamous cell carcinoma is the next most common kind that materializes as a sore or a red patch finally turning into a mole. Lastly, the most hazardous type is the melanoma which usually initiate as a new or darkening mole which seems jagged.

All surgical procedures have hazards which will be discussed with you pre-operatively. Costs will be detailed but these vary because of the unique situation of each individual.

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