Many patients that are referred to Aspire Care Clinic require skin cancer assessments. When skin cancers are suspected, a visual skin check of the area of concern is completed and a small biopsy may be taken and sent to the lab to confirm the presence of a cancer.
Skin cancers are more common in older adults but can also appear in younger adults and in rare cases, even children. Individuals who are most susceptible to skin cancers are ones with fair skin, a family history of skin cancer and having an increased number of moles. Skin cancer is most commonly caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (sunlight and tanning beds). There are other risk factors involved including genetic conditions, a history of smoking, HPV, immunosuppression, and long standing skin diseases and scars where the skin’s integrity has been compromised.
The most common types of skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. If the biopsy taken of the area confirms a skin cancer, your doctor will excise the remaining cancer cells. This procedure is fairly simple but will require the use of sutures to close the excision. A nurse will go over wound care with you and advise you when to have your sutures removed.
At Aspire Care Cosmetic Clinic, scheduling a cosmetic consultation is hassle-free, and no referral is needed. However, if your concern leans towards a medical issue, we may guide you to our Skin Clinic. It’s important to note that for consultations with Dr. Wang in our Skin Clinic, an Alberta Health Services (AHS) requirement may necessitate a referral from a licensed medical professional. Examples of such professionals include medical doctors, audiologists, registered midwives, chiropractors, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners. Additionally, please be aware that AHS may require a referral, and it may expire if you haven’t seen Dr. Wang within a year.