Skin tumours present as visible or palpable lumps on the skin. They can be cancerous or benign and are more common in the elderly population. Skin cancer effects 2 out of every 3 Australians in their lifetime. It is important to diagnose and treat skin cancer early to avoid potential spread.
Some of the common procedures to treat skin tumours include:
- Surgical excision with primary, flap or skin graft closure
- Curettage and electrodessication
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What are the different types of benign tumours?
Some of the common types of benign tumours include:
- Warts: Small bumpy growths caused by viral infection
- Naevi: Birthmarks or moles
- Seborrheic keratosis: Brown, black or light skin colour growths with a slightly raised appearance
What are the different types of malignant tumours?
The commonest malignant skin tumour is the basal carcinoma. This spreads locally and does not metastasise; Other types of skin cancer seen include squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Malignant melanoma is a more aggressive skin cancer and can potentially spread to draining lymph glands.