Skin cancer prevention
Skin cancer screening at dermatologist in Munich
The number of skin cancer cases has been increasing for decades. The “white” skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as black skin cancer (malignant melanoma) together make up one of the most common cancers. If left untreated, skin cancer can be fatal. This can usually be avoided if the skin cancer is diagnosed in time. Close examination by a medical specialist at fixed time intervals can prevent skin cancer or discover it early.
The spectrum of my services ranges from preventive examinations with tissue removal and thorough histological evaluation to surgical and drug therapy and skin cancer aftercare. Of special importance are gentle and innovative therapy concepts such as laser treatment and photodynamic therapy in skin cancer precursors and surgery for skin cancer that has already developed. In the case of metastatic malignant melanoma, I work with specialised dermato-oncological centres.
If you do have skin cancer, I will create a guideline-based aftercare schedule for you.
My main focus on skin cancer screening also addresses organ transplanted and immune-suppressed patients. This is because people with these health conditions have a significantly increased risk of developing skin cancer and need particularly vigilant dermato-oncological support at close intervals. I am happy to assist you and all other patients needing medical treatment on the subject of skin cancer.
A special focus of my work as a dermatologist with patients is the prevention and early detection of skin diseases. Skin cancer screening, in which I scan your skin all over the body square centimetre by square centimetre for skin lesions, is a key service in this regard.
There is a new innovative examination procedure that measures and analyses moles using electrical impedance spectrometry to detect changes in cell structure, cell alignment, cell size and cell types. This additional information is very valuable in the diagnosis of melanomas and particularly helps us in diagnosing difficult borderline cases.
In medicine, we use the technical term actinic keratosis to describe a skin lesion that can lead to malignant skin cancer. Actinic keratoses are pre-cancerous lesions, i.e. skin cancer precursors, which must be diagnosed and treated with the utmost medical care.
Depending on which areas are affected, I can recommend different types of therapy. The spectrum ranges from the removal of individual skin lesions with a laser or scalpel to the use of cold or a local cream application. Very often, however, there is a so-called field carcinogenisation. This means that multiple actinic keratoses are present on a surface (e.g. décolleté or bald head) at different stages of maturity. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has proven especially particularly useful here.
Basal-cell carcinoma, also called basal-cell cancer, belongs to the group of white or light skin cancers and is the most common skin cancer in Central Europe. The good news for people suffering from basal-cell carcinoma is that this form of skin cancer can usually be completely cured by early detection and rapid therapy. I offer you proven expertise at my clinic for dermatology in Munich and the necessary diagnostic options.
I am at your side as a qualified dermatologist and carefully select the appropriate form of treatment for diagnosing basal-cell carcinoma. The type of basal-cell carcinoma (nodular, sclerodermic, superficial), the size and localisation of the lesion as well as the age of the patient and his/her general health situation play a role. The nodular and sclerodermic basal-cell carcinomas are usually surgically removed.
The superficial trunk skin basal-cell carcinomas can be removed by laser if surgery is not desired or possible. Alternatively, photodynamic therapy is also used here. Thereafter, close monitoring of the skin at regular intervals is particularly important, since it cannot be guaranteed that the skin cancer has been completely removed.
A malignant melanoma is one of the most dangerous skin tumours, also known as black skin cancer due to its dark colour. In contrast to white skin cancer, black skin cancer has the highest metastasis rate and accounts for more than 90 per cent of all skin tumour deaths. Therefore, it is particularly important to discover the malignant melanoma as early as possible and to initiate the best possible treatment.
In case of any clinical suspicion of a malignant melanoma this should always be removed surgically with a small safety margin. Depending on the thickness of the tumour, it may be necessary to re-operate according to guidelines. I am there for you in my dermatology clinic and offer skin cancer screening, surgery in case of suspected malignant melanoma and tumour aftercare as well as any concerns that arise from it.