Skin Cancer

Many of us in Australia who enjoy the sun and outdoor living are acutely aware of the dangers of skin cancer. Yet we’re often unsure of the many different types of skin cancer, their causes and treatments. Rest assured Dr Buckland has the expertise and has undergone considerable training to deal with all forms of skin cancer.

Benign Tumours of the Skin

Benign Skin Tumours are growths caused by abnormal proliferation or collection of cells in the skin. Rest assured Dr Buckland has extensive experience and training in treating this type of skin lesion.

These tumours are benign which means they are not cancerous. Some common Benign Skin Tumours include moles, cysts and keratosis.

Common Benign Tumours

Several types of benign tumours call our skin home. Among the most frequent are:

  • Moles (melanocytic nevi): These pigmented “beauty marks” come in various shapes and sizes, often appearing brown, black, or tan. Though benign, some moles require monitoring for potential change over time.
  • Cysts: “Cysts” refer to sac-like structures that can form within tissues in the body. These structures can contain air, fluids, semi-solid material, or a combination of these. Cysts can develop in various parts of the body, including the skin, ovaries, kidneys, liver, and other organs.
  • Keratosis: These slightly raised, waxy bumps tend to cluster on sun-exposed areas like the face and back. Their rough texture and wart-like appearance are often mistaken for skin cancer, but a simple examination by Dr Buckland can put your mind at ease.


  • Listen: Share your concerns and any questions you may have about your skin growth.
  • Examine: Dr Buckland will carefully assess the tumour’s location, size, texture, and colour, potentially aided by dermatoscopy for enhanced visualisation.
  • Discuss: Based on the examination, Dr Buckland will explain the diagnosis and recommend the most suitable treatment options, tailoring them to your specific needs and preferences. He’ll also discuss scar minimisation techniques, ensuring you achieve optimal cosmetic results.

Treatment Options

Dr Buckland is a highly skilled skin plastic surgeon who can provide accurate diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders including benign tumours.

Depending on the tumour type and your case, Dr Buckland may suggest various treatment options. These include:

  1. Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis:

Diagnosis starts with a thorough examination by a dermatologist or healthcare professional. A skin biopsy may be performed to confirm the benign nature of the tumour and rule out malignancy.

  1. Watchful Waiting:

For many benign skin tumours, a “watch and wait” approach may be recommended, especially if the tumour is small, asymptomatic, and causes no cosmetic of functional concern. Monitoring for any changes or growth is essential.

  1. Excisional Surgery:

Description: Surgical removal of the tumour with a small margin of normal tissue to prevent recurrence.

Indication: Commonly used for larger or bothersome benign tumours, or those in cosmetically sensitive areas.

Advantages: Provides definitive removal; minimises the risk of recurrence.

Disadvantages: Potential scarring.

4. Topical Medications:

Description: Certain topical medications, such as corticosteroids, may be prescribed to reduce inflammation or promote regression of certain benign lesions.

Indication: Commonly used for specific types of benign growths.

Advantages: Non-invasive; suitable for certain localised lesions.

Disadvantages: Incomplete, with a risk of recurrence.

5. Intralesional Injections:

Description: Injection of medication directly into the tumour to induce regression or shrinkage.

Indication: Useful for certain types of benign lesions, such as keloids.

Advantages: Targeted treatment; minimal impact on surrounding tissues.

Disadvantages: Risk of infection and adverse reactions.

During your consultation, Dr Buckland will address your specific concerns, discuss the details of your surgery and anticipated recovery, as well as discussing techniques to reduce scarring in the long-term. He will also take the time to answer the many questions you may have.