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Which should I do next for a basal cell carcinoma in Singapore?

Skin, Hair & Nails Cancer

My father is a 65 yo male with an open wound in his cheek that has not healed in over 6 months. A dermatologist overseas recommended a biopsy and potentially a Mohs excision to remove what she thought may be a pigmented basal cell carcinoma. What should I do next, and which doctor should I see for a Mohs excision of a basal cell carcinoma in Singapore? A dermatologist or another specialist? Who would be the most familiar with Mohs excision?

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

A non-healing ulcer may be due to an underlying skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma.

The 1st thing to do is to see your dermatologist to get it checked out. A skin biopsy can be done to confirm the if this is indeed due to a pigmented basal cell carcinoma.

Once confirmed, surgical excision is the main treatment option. Mohs surgery is a form of surgery and this is indicated when 'tissue preservation' is important to minimize the size of the excison. Moh's surgery is performed by a dermatologist who specializes in the procedure.

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