Skin cancers are very common in New Zealand, our outdoor lifestyle has led to an epidemic of this disease, which often affects important parts of the body, particularly the face, where good cosmetic results are important. The removal of skin cancers often requires the expertise of a plastic surgeon. Mr E. Peter Walker in Christchurch is an experienced plastic surgeon, with a long history of successful skin cancer reconstructive surgeries.

There are several common types of skin cancer:

  • Basal cell carcinoma: locally occurring, become progressively larger but do not spread
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: locally occurring but will spread to lymph nodes if not treated
  • Malignant melanoma: rapidly growing and will become progressively more serious as melanomas will spread to lymph nodes, liver, brain and bones.

In cases where surgery is necessary to treat skin cancer, it is important to choose a plastic surgeon able to achieve optimal outcomes and cosmetic results. For cancers involving the head and neck, surgery is the widely accepted treatment. There are techniques available to plastic surgeons in which tissue can be replaced or repositioned. Plastic surgeons, like Mr E. Peter Walker, are trained in this specialised skill of skin cancer reconstruction.

Plastic surgeons deal with the most complex skin cancers, and the outcomes and rate of complete excisions is more to be expected than if excisions are done by dermato-surgeons (dermatologists) or general practitioners who are not qualified as surgeons with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


The Medical Council of New Zealand

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