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A doctor who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions, including melanoma.

cutaneous melanoma

Melanoma that starts in the skin.

Mohs’ surgery

A specialised surgical procedure for removing skin cancers little by little until only healthy cells remain. Also called microscopically controlled excision….

basal cell

One of the three types of cells that make up the skin’s top layer (epidermis).


The most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply…


A mole (nevus) is a pigmented (colored) spot on the outer layer of the skin. Moles can be round, oval, flat, or raised. They can occur singly or in clusters on any part of the body. Most moles are brown,…

ultraviolet (UV) radiation

The invisible part of sunlight that causes tanning, sunburn and skin damage. It is also produced by solariums, tanning lamps and sunbeds. UV radiation cannot be seen or felt….

squamous cell

One of the three types of cells that make up the skin’s top layer (epidermis). It is also a found in the outer layer of the cervix (ectocervix) and in the main airways of the lungs….

plastic surgeon

A surgeon trained in complex aesthetic (appearance) and reconstructive techniques. A plastic surgeon can surgically reshape or rebuild a part of the body, including breasts, face and skin. Also known as reconstructive surgeon….

squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

A type of cancer that begins in the squamous cells. Squamous cells are found in several place in the body, including the top layer (epidermis) of the skin, in the main airways of the lungs, and in the cervix….