The head and neck region is a sun exposed area of the body and therefore at risk for the development of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers (basal cell carcinomas/BCC and squamous cell carcinomas/SCC).
Skin cancers present as abnormal growths on the skin or as a change in a pre-existing skin lesion. Diagnosis is made by examination and biopsy which can be performed in clinic under local anaesthetic. Localised BCC and SCC skin cancers can often be treated with surgery. Surgical options will depend on the site affected, the nature of the lesion and other patient factors.