Skin Cancer Clinic

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and is steadily increasing.  Last year in Canada, there were an estimated 75 500 new cases of skin cancer and 5300 new melanoma cases with 920 deaths predicted.  Dr. Malcolm, Dermatologist, and Dr. Wong, Head & Neck Surgeon, specialize in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Clinic
At Rejuvaderm, Dr. Malcolm and Dr. Wong have a joint rapid-access Skin Cancer Clinic which enables patients with possible or confirmed skin cancer to be assessed quickly and properly managed (a referral by your family physician is required).  Patients are seen by both doctors at the same visit and if a biopsy is required, then it is usually performed that same day as well.  Once the diagnosis is confirmed, we will review with you the treatment options.  If surgery is indicated, then Dr. Wong will exicse (cut out) the skin cancer while conserving as much normal skin as possible.  We see patients back for suture removal and then in follow-up. 

Having one skin cancer greatly increases your risk of further skin cancers.  Consequently, once you are a clinic patient, if you are concerned about a spot then you just have to call the clinic and we will try to fit you in quickly to assess the worriesome lesion.

Types of Skin Cancer
There are different types of skin cancer, and each tends to look a bit different. 

Actinic Keratoses (AK) = Precancers
These dry, scaly patches or spots are considered the earliest stage in the development of skin cancer.  Actinic keratosis (AK) can progress to a type of skin cancer call Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC).  AKs form on skin that gets lots of sun exposure, such as the head, hands, and forearms.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
This is the most common type of skin cancer.  It frequently looks like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump.  It can also appear as a pinkish patch of skin.  It should be treated promptly because it can invade the surrounding tissue and grow into the nerves and bones, causing damage and disfigurement.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma(SCC)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second-most common type of skin cancer.  It often looks like a firm bump, scaly patch, or an ulcer that heals then re-opens.  SCC can grow deep and it can cause damage and disfigurement.  Early treatment can prevent this and stop SCC from spreading to other areas of the body.

Melanoma
This skin cancer frequently develops in a mole of appears suddenly as a new dark spot on the skin.  Melanoma is serious and can be deadly.

Reduce your risk of developing skin cancer by sun protective measures, wearing sunscreen, performing skin self-exams, and seeing Dr. Malcolm to assess your moles and other concerning lesions.  If a growth, mole, sore, or skin discoloration appears suddenly, or begins to change, you should see a Dermatologist.

Dr. Malcolm encourages her patients to perform monthly skin checks and also to view this you-tube video on Melanoma.