Project Description

In Sydney, skin cancer is a serious concern: approximately 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.

Early detection and accurate diagnosis from a knowledgeable surgeon like Dr. John Flood is essential for proper treatment.

Dr. Flood works with several dermatology specialists in the Sydney area, including laser dermatologists, Mohs dermatologists, skin cancer physicians, and radiation therapists to make sure you receive the proper skin cancer treatment. If you have a suspicious mole or lesion, contact Dr. Flood immediately.

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Types Of Skin Cancer

Dr. Flood has a keen interest in facial skin cancer surgery. He often treats skin cancer of the scalp, forehead, eyelids, cheeks, lips, and ears, and he sub-specialises in nose reconstruction. Three of the most common forms of cancer he treats at his office are:

Most cases of skin cancer in Sydney are abnormal, uncontrollable growths known as basal cell carcinoma. BCC is usually the result of prolonged sun damage and therefore develops in exposed areas. A BCC lesion may resemble a sore or scar and can be red, pearly, pink, or pale in color. Sometimes, it may appear as a depression or scaly area in the skin. BCC is usually treated with surgery but may require more aggressive approaches in advanced stages.
Squamous cell carcinoma is not as common as BCC, but it can be more severe since it has the potential to spread to other organs. SCC usually appears as a small scaly red patch or wart-like growth that may crust, bleed, or sting. If SCC is caught in the superficial stages, before it invades the skin, it can be treated with creams or liquid nitrogen. Once the disease has progressed, surgical intervention and possible radiation is recommended.
The deadliest form of skin cancer is melanoma due to its ability to rapidly spread throughout the body. Melanoma typically looks like a mole, and can develop from moles, but may also appear as a black, brown or red spot. Melanoma is curable if it is diagnosed early and can be removed through skin excision. However, ongoing checkups are necessary to detect recurrence.

What To Expect

Dr. Flood treats 900 to 1,000 new cases of skin cancer every year. He combines his knowledge of oncology (study of cancer) with his skill as a reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon to treat cancer while obtaining the most aesthetically pleasing wound repair.

A thorough skin examination will be performed so that Dr. Flood can accurately identify the lesion. He will note the size, shape, color and texture of the area and may also check your lymph glands for signs of swelling. If the skin mark is questionable, a biopsy may be needed for definitive diagnosis.
Your treatment will greatly depend on the type of skin cancer present, as well as the stage and location of the disease. Usually, surgical excision under local anesthetic or twilight sedation is used to remove the tumor. Dr. Flood uses precise surgical techniques to inconspicuously close the wound and obtain the best possible scar outcome. Sometimes, skin flaps or grafts are required to avoid distortion of certain facial features.
Simple skin cancer procedures do not require much recovery time. A dressing or bandage will be placed on the treatment area to protect the skin as it heals. It’s important to avoid all sun exposure during this time and use any prescribed creams or ointments as directed.
Dr. Flood is dedicated to providing you with the best treatment. He works with many dermatologists and skin cancer physicians in the area and frequently refers out when additional support is needed. Dr. Flood also works with Moh’s dermatologists through the Darlinghurst and Westmead Skin & Cancer Foundation for complex facial skin cancer excisions and reconstructions.

Skin & Cancer Foundation
Suites 1 & 2, 7 Ashley Lane
Westmead 2145
(02) 8833 3000
www.scfa.edu.au