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Skin Cancer Surgery in Toowoomba

Skin cancer, a pervasive health concern, arises from the abnormal growth of skin cells due to the cumulative effects of sun exposure, environmental factors, and genetic predispositions. It is the most prevalent form of cancer globally and affects almost 2 in 5 Australians by the age of 85.

The pace at which skin cancer progresses varies based on the specific type of skin cancer and individual factors. Skin cancer is broadly categorised into three primary types: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

BCC stands out as the most prevalent form of skin cancer, characterised by a relatively slow growth pattern. Although it tends to be locally invasive, potentially causing harm to adjacent tissues, BCC typically exhibits a limited tendency to metastasise rapidly to distant parts of the body.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

SCC, another commonly encountered type of skin cancer, shares a propensity for gradual growth. However, in comparison to BCC, SCC can display a more aggressive nature. It possesses an increased potential for invading nearby tissues and, in certain instances, may exhibit metastasis, extending to lymph nodes or other organs.


Melanoma represents a more formidable and aggressive form of skin cancer, known for its rapid spread. This type has a heightened likelihood of metastasising to various regions within the body, including internal organs, lymph nodes, and distant skin sites.

Each type presents distinct characteristics, emphasising the significance of recognising these early indicators for timely intervention.

Common Signs Shared by Most Skin Cancers

While symptoms may vary, several common indicators are worth noting:

Changes in Moles: Vigilantly observe moles for alterations in size, shape, colour, or texture.
New Growths: Examine any unexplained growths, nodules, or lumps on the skin.
Itching or Pain: Persistent itching, tenderness, or pain in a specific area may signal an underlying issue.

Signs of BCC
  • Slow-growing sores or lesions.
  • Shiny or pearly nodules.
  • Open sores that may ooze or crust.
Signs of SCC
  • Thickened, red, scaly patches.
  • Persistent sores that may bleed or form a crust.
  • Wart-like growths.
Signs of Melanoma
  • Irregular moles with uneven borders.
  • Changes in colour, exhibiting various shades.
  • Moles larger than a pencil eraser.
  • Itching, tenderness, or pain in a mole.
Utilise the ABCDE rule for a comprehensive assessment:

Asymmetry: One half differs from the other.

Border Irregularity: Edges are notched, irregular, or blurred.

Colour Changes: Presence of multiple colours.

Diameter: Larger than 6mm or evolving in size.

Evolution: Changes in size, shape, or symptoms over time.

The Urgency of Addressing Skin Cancer

Skin cancer, including melanoma, is a condition that demands prompt attention. The rate at which skin cancer can spread highlights the critical importance of early detection and intervention. If left untreated, skin cancer has the potential to infiltrate surrounding tissues and, in severe cases, metastasise to other parts of the body. This underscores the urgency of taking proactive steps to promptly address any suspicious skin lesions.

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Why Choose Cutting Edge Surgery?

Expertise of Dr Assad:

Dr Assad, our lead plastic surgeon, brings a wealth of experience to the table. With a specialisation in plastic surgery, he is skilled in the meticulous removal of tumours and the art of reconstructive procedures. This ensures not only the effective elimination of cancerous cells but also the restoration of a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Unlike traditional methods, plastic surgeons are adept at minimising scarring and preserving the natural contours of the skin. Dr Assad combines medical expertise with an artistic touch, ensuring that your skin cancer removal is not only effective but also leaves a minimal visible impact.

Identification and Management

In Australia, excessive exposure to the sun is believed to be responsible for approximately 95% of melanoma cases in regions with intense UV. Moreover, it accounts for approximately 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia.

It is imperative to recognise that the early identification and management of skin cancer play a pivotal role in determining the prognosis. Regular skin examinations, self-checks, and swift medical attention for any suspicious moles or lesions are critical practices for detecting skin cancer in its initial, more treatable stages.

If you suspect the presence of skin cancer or notice concerning changes in your skin, it is highly advisable to seek guidance from a healthcare professional or dermatologist. A timely and accurate diagnosis, coupled with an appropriate treatment plan, can significantly impact the course of skin cancer and enhance the chances of a favourable outcome. Don’t hesitate to prioritise your skin health by booking a consultation with us today.

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