Skin cancer

If you’re affected by non-melanoma skin cancer, you may have many questions about how it is diagnosed, treatment options, side effects and how to stay well. You can find trustworthy information about all aspects of your experience below.

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Diagnosis

  • What is this spot on my skin?
  • Will I need a biopsy or excision?
  • What is my biopsy result? Do I have skin cancer?
  • What type of skin cancer is it?
  • Did the biopsy or excision remove all the skin cancer?
  • Are there clinical guidelines for this type of cancer?

Treatment

  • Do I need further treatment? If so, what treatment do you recommend?
  • Do I need to see a specialist?
  • I’m thinking of getting a second opinion. Can you recommend anyone?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • If I don’t have the treatment, what should I expect?
  • How much will the treatment cost? Is it covered by Medicare?

Side effects

  • Will I have a lot of pain? What will be done about this?
  • Will there be any scarring after the skin cancer has been removed?
  • When will I get my results and who will tell me?

After treatment

  • Is this skin cancer likely to come back?
  • How often should I get my skin checked?
  • Where can I go for follow-up skin checks?
  • Will I need any further tests after treatment is finished?
  • How can I prevent further skin cancers?

The information here is about non-melanoma skin cancers. Learn more about melanoma skin cancer.

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