The diagnosis of a skin cancer requires years of training and clinical experience. There are many different types of skin cancer and early detection may mean that a simple non surgical treatment can be used. Generally, the more advanced a skin cancer is then the higher the probability of needing surgical excision.
A skin biopsy is frequently performed to assess the type and depth of a skin cancer. This information can determine the modality of treatment that is most suitable for your cancer.A skin biopsy is a very simple, quick and straight forward office procedure. A small instrument is used to take a core specimen (usually 3-4mm in size) of the lesion after a tiny amount of local anaesthetic is injected into the skin. One or two stitches may be required. Results take approximately one week to obtain. These results are then discussed with your dermatologist who will explain the best method of treatment of your skin cancer with you.