Removal of Skin Cancers, Cysts and Moles


When planning the treatment, your doctor will take a number of factors into account, eg. the type and size of the skin lesion of concern, with risk factors in mind.
There are many types of treatments and this is why the doctor here needs to see you first to advise the best option for you.

Skin cancer treatment options

Discussion of skin cancer is usually divided into melanoma (by far the most dangerous form) and the non-melanoma skin cancers, which include basal cell cancers and squamous cell cancers.

The treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer has a high success rate, provided that the skin cancer is detected at an early stage.

Australians should regularly check their skin for new growths, sores that won’t heal, or any changes in the colour, shape or size of existing skin spots.

Visiting the doctor for a skin check is an important step.

Types of treatment for skin cancer

Biopsies and Excisions

For very small skin lesions a biopsy can be used. Sometimes this will be the only treatment necessary. However, in some cases, if the skin lesion or cancer a larger amount of skin may need to be removed.

Dr Graeme Edwards and Dr Christopher Oh would discuss the process with you if you need to have a surgical excision.

Typically these are 45 min appointments with costs starting at about $250, depending on the type and size and number of lesions. Medicare provides a rebate of approximately 1/3-1/2 of the private fee.

For more information please discuss at your initial diagnosis appointment with the doctor.


This technique uses extreme cold to treat pre-cancerous skin conditions and some small skin cancers. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the tumour to freeze and kill abnormal or bothersome cells.

Creams and Gels

There are creams and gels that can be used as a treatment for some skin cancers (usually superficial basal cell carcinoma) and pre-cancerous lesions. This type of treatment is not suitable for all types of skin cancers and can be discussed with your doctor.

Getting treated

Skin cancer treatment has a high success rate if started early. However, people who have been treated for skin cancer at any time have a higher-than-average risk of developing new skin cancers. As such, it is extremely important to continue to examine yourself and to visit your doctor regularly for follow-up checks. Also people with risk factors e.g. fair skin, sunburn in earlier years, high mole/spot count should be especially active in seeing their doctor for advice and regular doctor skin checks.



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