Lynda | Skin Cancer

Lynda | Skin Cancer

Lynda had noticed a small lump under her eye that looked like a cyst, and over a period of two years visited her doctor twice who applied liquid nitrogen to try and remove it. The doctor recommended that if that treatment failed she would need to see a plastic surgeon.

The nitrogen didn’t work, and Linda noticed that the lump had changed in appearance and had become larger, making Lynda very self-conscious about it.

She was also becoming more concerned that it could be cancerous and was referred to see Nick Parkhouse, a consultant plastic surgeon at The McIndoe Centre.

He confirmed it was a basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and gave her deep sedation as she didn’t want to be awake while she was being operated on. The lump was removed and she went home the same day. Once the incision healed Linda was relieved that the cancerous lump had been successfully removed and was also delighted there was no visible scarring or signs that she had undergone a surgical procedure.

What is basal cell carcinoma?

A basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of skin cancer. There are two main types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

BCC is a non-melanoma skin cancer, and is the most common type (greater than 80%) of all skin cancer in the UK. BCCs are sometimes referred to as ‘rodent ulcers’.

Nick Parkhouse has been a Consultant Plastic Surgeon since 1991 and is based at the McIndoe Centre. He has a special interest in the aesthetic/cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts, abdomen and trunk together with non-surgical injection and laser treatments for specific problems. 

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