What Is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is a condition where abnormal skin cells grow uncontrollably, often due to damage from sun exposure or genetic mutations. Exposure to certain chemicals (e.g. arsenic), tanning beds or radiation can also contribute to the development of skin cancers. There are three main types: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are classified as “non-melanoma” skin cancers and are more common and highly treatable. Melanoma is less common but more dangerous if not detected early. Symptoms include new or changing skin growths, sores that don’t heal, or changes in existing moles. Regular skin checks can help detect skin cancer at an early stage when it’s most treatable.

Types Of Skin Cancer

  • This is the most common type of skin cancer.
  • It may appear as a slow growing patch or nodule, may be pink, skin-coloured or pigmented and occasionally have erosions or ulcerations.
  • These grow slowly and rarely spread to other parts of the body.
  • This is the second most common type of skin cancer, more likely to spread and derived from squamous cells.
  • They may present as rapidly enlarging scaly or crusted growths, usually on sun-exposed sites.
  • They may also ulcerate.
  • This is a less common, but more aggressive form of skin cancer.
  • It arises from pigment-producing cells and may develop de novo or from pre-existing moles.
  • If left untreated, it can spread rapidly to other parts of the body. Early detection and prompt treatment are thus very important.

Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Screening of skin cancer requires regular self-monitoring and thorough examinations of the skin by a dermatologist. Suspicious lesions are identified and then sent for further investigations in the form of a biopsy, where a small sample of skin tissue is removed and sent for microscopic examination to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment options depend on the type of skin cancer, the size, and location of the tumour. These may include surgical excision and/or radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted therapy.

How can Skin Cancer be prevented?

  • Sunprotection, including regular sunscreen with high sunprotection factor (SPF)
  • Regular self-monitoring of the skin and routine skin checks with a dermatologist for early detection and prompt evaluation/treatment of any suspicious lesions

If You Notice Any Symptoms, Consult Your Dermatologist Now

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Risk Factors

  • Excessive sun exposure and history of sunburns
  • Fair skin, light hair, and eye color
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Weakened immune system
  • Exposure to radiation or certain chemicals

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Modern & Patient-Centred Dermatological Care

We are dedicated to your skin health and well-being. Our results-oriented approach is suitable for a wide range of hair, skin and nail conditions. Consult our MOH-accredited dermatologist for a personalised treatment plan.


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Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen

Medical Director & Consultant Dermatologist

MBBS (S'pore) MRCP (UK) FAMS (Dermatology)

Special Interests In:
  • Paediatric Dermatology
  • Women’s Dermatology
  • Procedural Dermatology & Lasers

Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen is an accredited Adult & Paediatric dermatologist managing a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. The clinic provides services for medical, surgical, cosmetic, women’s and paediatric dermatology.

  • MBBS (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • MRCP (Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom)
  • Specialist Accreditation Board, Dermatology (Singapore)
  • FAMS (Academy of Medicine of Singapore, Singapore)
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