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Most Skin Cancers Are Easy To Remove, Pain Free and There is No Time Off Work Needed


Skin Cancers:

Cancerous growths on the skin are common. Fortunately the majority are slow-growing and they do not spread. Furthermore being on the skin surface they are usually diagnosed at an early stage. Sun exposure over the years plays a significant role in the growth of skin cancers. The role of sun exposure also explains why the majority occur on the exposed skin – the face / neck, the upper chest and on the back of the hand. The majority of solar related skin lesions occur in middle age and in the elderly. However it takes many years for the effects of the ultraviolet light of the sun to manifest on the skin for this reason.


Malignant melanoma is the exception – it is a potentially very malignant tumour with a tendency to spread. Most melanomas arise in a pre-existing pigmented mole. Therefore any mole which changes or displays suspicious features should be assessed by your Doctor and removed.


Treatment of Skin Lesions / Skin Cancers:


The majority of skin lesions can be treated in a relatively simple manner. This entails surgical excision under local anesthesia. Therefore the assessment and excision can frequently be performed at the initial consultation. If a skin cancer is suspected a diagnostic biopsy may have to be performed at the initial consultation. The treatment is completed as soon as the report is available. If the lesion has a completely benign appearance there is no need to request laboratory analysis. Therefore apart from skin cancers the treatment can frequently be completed on a single visit. Some simple skin excisions do not require sutures. In other cases dissolving sutures may be used. In either case there is no need to return to The Clinic for removal of the sutures. Dressings are usually of a simple nature and they can frequently be removed at the appropriate time by the patient. A follow-up consultation is advised should there be any worries or concerns. Healing of these simple wounds usually takes no longer than one to two weeks. Post-operative pain and discomfort is usually mild. Simple pain relief medication usually suffices.





Consultation fee: Private Patients & Insurance Holders €100


Surgeons Fee:  Insurance Holders: Nil, Private Patients from €150


Facility Fee of €150 Payable on the day for insured patients, non insured patients given an overall cost. 




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