is a doctor who treats diseases of the skin whilst a surgical
(or oncologic surgeon) will use surgery to treat cancer. Skin cancer forms in the tissues of the skin. There are several types of skin cancer. Cancer that forms in melanocytes (skin cells that make pigment) is called
. Cancer that forms in the lower part of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) is called basal cell
. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and Melanoma less common but more dangerous. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease. If left untreated, cancer cells can spread from the skin into other tissues and organs. Fair complexion, older age, genetics and excess sun exposure all play a part in increasing risk of developing skin cancer. Most skin cancers form in older people on parts of the body exposed to the sun or in those with weakened immune systems. Different types of skin cancer require different treatment approaches. Surgical removal of the cancer is very common. Minimising sun exposure is the best way to prevent skin damage, including many types of skin cancer.ing sun exposure is the best way to prevent skin damage, including many types of skin cancer.
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Dr Michael Payne is a General Surgeon specialising in Gallbladder, Hernia, Skin cancer & Melanoma, Gastroscopy & Colonoscopy, Laparoscopy & Abdominal Surgery, Carpal Tunnel, Vasectomy, Submandibular Gland, Wound and Ulcer Management
Skin Cancer Surgery, Carpal Tunnel & Cubital Tunnel Surgery,
Hand Surgery, Microsurgery, Breast Reconstruction & Aesthetic Breast Surgery . . . .
Skin cancer, hand surgery, cosmetic & reconstructive breast surgery & cosmetic & reconstructive facial surgery. . . .
Hand Surgery incl. minimally invasive Dupuytren’s Contracture & Carpal Tunnel Releases. Trapeziectomy & Suspension Arthroplasty for Thumb-base Arthritis. Skin Cancer surgery