skin cancer prevention

Every year more than 300,000 people in Germany are diagnosed with forms of skin cancer. Skin cancer can affect anyone and nowadays belongs to the most common malicious tumours. They fall into two categories: So-called white skin cancer affects mostly older people. It occurs either as basal-cell carcinoma or as squamous cell carcinoma. These are predominantly caused by UV-light and therefore frequently occur on the face. They can be preceded by certain changes, so-called precanceroses, such as the actinic keratosis. Left untreated they can destroy the local surrounding tissue. High exposure to sunlight throughout life results in a high skin cancer risk.

The other form is the so-called black skin cancer, also known as malignant melanoma, which affects about 15,000 patients per year. It can become life threatening if not caught in time. Melanoma can grow quickly and form metastases in lymph nodes and inner organs. Unfortunately the particularly dangerous forms of skin cancer (melanoma) occur already at a young age and require, depending on history and skin type, particular precautions. A regular skin cancer screening can save lives! Many people die at a young age of this disease even though nowadays skin cancer, when diagnosed at an early stage, is curable. An early detection and screening are vital for this.

Skin Cancer Screening

A regular skin cancer screening once a year is important for the early detection of the malignant black skin cancer, which can be deadly if not detected at an early stage. In Germany, more than 2000 people die from it every year. Unfortunately very young people are also affected. We offer state-of-the-art skin cancer screening, which we carry out using dermatoscopy / epiluminescence microscopy. This is a special magnifier which uses polarised light to enlarge birth marks and other skin changes. We also offer picture documentation using FotoFinder®, where skin changes and birth marks are scanned, analysed and stored as a digital picture. These pictures can then be retrieved at the next screening and the smallest changes detected and carefully examined during the next screening. A new feature of this system is body mapping. With this tool you can detect new developed moles by taking about 20 different position pictures of the body surface and comparing them after a certain amount of time.

Skin Cancer Therapy

Should a malignant skin change be detected during a screening, we can offer the most modern treatment methods among them Timely surgical removal incuding MOHS surgery

Local treatments, eg with immunomodulatory creams, gels and solutionsDermabrasion and peelings

Cryosurgery (also known as cold therapy)

Photodynamic therapy and day light PDT in summertime