Often to tell the difference between a skin cancer and a non-cancerous skin spot, the doctor may need to take a tissue sample (biopsy) to confirm the diagnosis.
A biopsy is a quick and simple procedure that is performed in our dedicated theatre room. You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area, and the doctor will take a small piece of tissue from the spot. In some cases, the spot is cut out completely in a procedure called an excision and stitches are used to close the wound and help it heal.
The tissue that is removed will be sent to a laboratory, where a pathologist will examine it under a microscope. The results will be available in about a week.
If all the cancer is removed during the biopsy, this will probably be the only treatment you need.
Surgery is the most common treatment for skin cancer. It is a quick and simple procedure that can be performed at the practice. More complex cases may be treated by a surgeon.
All biopsies and excisions are bulk billed for all our patients.