Skin tumourremoval

Using this guide What's covered

Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about skin tumour removal. Learn how it works, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.

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The basics

What is a skin tumour?

A skin tumour is an abnormal mass of tissue growth that generally provides no useful function. They may be classified as benign or malignant:

Benign

Benign tumours are non-cancerous, slow growing and rarely spread to surrounding tissues. The cells don't separate and travel via the bloodstream or lymphatic vessels to form masses in other parts of the body.

Benign tumour cells closely resemble the normal cells from which they originate. In most cases – unless the tumour becomes a problem by either growing bigger, being uncomfortable or unsightly – there is no need for removal.

Malignant

Malignant tumours multiply rapidly and are made up of cancerous cells that don’t perform the functions of mature cells. These cancerous cells vary in size and shape and pile themselves on top of each other in a disorganised manner.

Malignant tumours can separate from the main site and pass through the blood or lymphatic vessels to create a new tumour far from the original. The second tumour is called a metastasis. Malignant tumours need to be removed because they grow rapidly and spread to other areas of the body.

The details

PREPARING FOR SURGERY

Types of skin tumours

How tumours grow and what they may look like. 
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Are you at risk?

Major risk factors and the importance of early detection.
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Choosing a specialist

How to find a surgeon who specialises in your procedure.
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Questions for your specialist

What you should be asking before going ahead with surgery.
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Treatment options

Your treatment will depend on the type of tumour and whether it has spread.
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Preparing for your procedure

Pre-operative tests and what to take to hospital.
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surgery and aftercare

Going to hospital

What to expect on the day of your procedure.
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Your procedure

What happens in the operating theatre.
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Afterwards

Your aftercare and recovery.
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