Skin Cancer

SKIN CANCER

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in humans. Everyone is at risk, but people with fair skin and especially those living in sunny climates are particularly affected. The truth is, the vast majority of fair skinned people will develop some form of a skin cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion in their life. Hence, regular checks for skin cancers and precancerous lesions are very important.

Most skin cancers are not life threatening and can be treated by a small surgery or even non-invasive treatments. However, some skin cancers, like malignant melanoma, can be fatal if detected too late.

You should therefore only trust dermatologists with special training in detecting and treating skin cancers.

All of our dermatologists have been trained and have worked in areas where skin cancer is very common, so they have acquired the expertise to check you thoroughly for any signs of skin cancer or precancerous lesions.

At Bodyworx, we see dozens of patients every week for skin cancer related checks or treatments. We diagnose and treat skin cancers on a daily basis.

Skin cancer is our special expertise!

Melanoma

Malignant Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It is relatively rare compared to other forms of skin cancers, but it is a cancer which numbers are rising year on year. In young patients, it is one of the most common cancers in total numbers.

People with a large number of moles and fair skin are particularly at risk, but there is a very significant genetic component, which means that people with a family history of melanoma have a higher risk. In practice it is therefore possible, that even people without a lot of sun exposure or with only a couple of moles can develop a melanoma.

Melanoma checks (skin cancer or mole checks) require a great deal of clinical experience. Only Dermatologists who have seen tenth of thousands of moles in a large number of patients are normally able to distinguish a normal mole from a potentially dangerous one. That also requires the use of a dermatoscope, which is a special non-invasive instrument to detect skin cancers.

All of our dermatologists have been trained and have worked in areas where skin cancer is very common, so they have acquired the expertise to check you thoroughly for any signs of melanoma and other skin cancers.

We also work closely with a highly specialized laboratory that has great experience in the diagnosis of skin cancers based on their histopathological appearance.

At Bodyworx, we see dozens of patients every week for skin cancer related checks or treatments. We diagnose and treat skin cancers on a daily basis.

Skin cancer is our special expertise!

Skin Tumor

A skin tumor can be any growth of the skin. Although the term “skin tumor” is often feared by patients, it only means “something growing on the skin”. In fact, most skin tumors are benign and harmless, and only of aesthetic concern. Most skin tumors can hence be removed by small surgeries or even laser treatments that leave almost no scars.

However, when considering to have a small skin tumor removed, make sure to see an experienced dermatologist with special training in the detection and treatment of skin cancers.

Although most skin tumors are harmless, they can also be dangerous skin cancers that require special investigations and treatments.

All of our dermatologists have been trained and have worked in areas where skin cancer is very common, so they have acquired the expertise to distinguish between a harmless and a dangerous skin lesion. They also offer all kinds of diagnostic measures and treatments, such as surgeries and laser treatments.

After surgery, we normally sent the skin specimen to a highly specialized laboratory that has great experience in the diagnosis of skin cancers based on their histopathological appearance.

Mole Check

A mole check is a thorough skin examination by a specially trained dermatologist to check for irregular moles, skin cancers or precancerous skin lesions. A mole check is a painless and non-invasive procedure, that need nothing else than the eyes of a trained dermatologist and a dermatoscope, the latter is a special instrument that enables the experienced dermatologist to distinguish harmless from more worrisome skin lesions.

Mole checks should only be performed by dermatologists with special training in detecting and treating skin cancers to avoid missing dangerous skin cancers, but also to avoid unnecessary surgeries.

In some cases, a digital imaging (mole mapping) will be performed to keep track of changes of moles over time.

If a skin cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion should be detected, the treatment normally consists either of some non-invasive measures such as liquid-nitrogen cryotherapy, or a small surgical procedure, that can be performed in almost all cases in local anesthesia.

After surgery, we sent the skin specimen to a highly specialized laboratory that has great experience in the diagnosis of skin cancers based on their histopathological appearance.

All of our dermatologists have been trained and worked in areas where skin cancer is very common, so they have acquired the expertise to check you thoroughly for any signs of skin cancer or precancerous lesions.

At Bodyworx, we see dozens of patients every week for skin cancer related checks or treatments. We diagnose and treat skin cancers on a daily basis. We also have all the tools needed for monitoring and treatments.

Skin cancer is our special expertise!

Depending on your skin type, a mole check is recommended every 6 months to 2 years.

Digital Mole Mapping

We offer digital mole mapping as part of our skin cancer/mole checks. We were among the first in Abu Dhabi to offer such detailed and accurate skin cancer screening and mole mapping with our FotoFinder dermoscope. We can accurately track changes in moles across multiple appointments and can provide a detailed report showing the changes and results of analysis.

However, mole-mapping does not replace the thorough skin examination by an experienced dermatologist, it is a useful “add-on” tool. Especially for our expat community, it is sometimes of great benefit to provide pictures for later skin examinations should patients relocate and need follow-up elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy means the destruction of a skin lesion by liquid nitrogen. It is a common, easy to perform and effective treatment for benign skin lesions such as seborrheic keratosis, but also for certain precancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses.

Only an experienced Dermatologist should decide whether a lesion is suitable for cryotherapy or not.

We perform cryotherapy on a daily basis.

But remember: NEVER EVER have a pigmented mole treated by cryotherapy! That mole could be a melanoma. Moles should only be removed by complete surgery with subsequent histopathological examination.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT is a very advanced and elegant method to destroy skin cancers or pre-cancerous skin lesions such as actinic keratosis. Photodynamic therapy targets selectively “bad” lesions, leaving “good” skin intact. The results are both effective and aesthetically pleasing.

Photodynamic therapy requires the application of a photosensitizing crème, followed by the activation of that crème by a red light source. The procedure is nearly painless and completely non-invasive. The treatment results in a sunburn-like reaction only, that normally resolves within one week.

Bodyworx is one of only few places where photodynamic therapy for the treatment of skin cancers or pre-cancerous lesions is performed in the UAE, and to our knowledge the only place in Abu Dhabi.