Merkel cell carcinoma

Merkel cell carcinoma Also known as trabecular cell carcinoma of the skin, primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin What is Merkel cell carcinoma? Merkel cell carcinoma is a very uncommon type of aggressive skin cancer.  It presents most commonly in elderly fair-skinned individuals, particularly in sun-exposed areas on the head, neck and limbs.  It occurs […]

Mastocytosis

What is mastocytosis? Mastocytosis is a condition where mast cells accumulate in the skin or sometimes in internal organs. Mast cells are normal cells in the body, usually found in the skin and other tissues. Mast cells are part of our immune system and have a role in the body’s ability to fight certain infections […]

Melanoma

Melanoma What is melanoma? Melanoma is a cancer that arises in pigment cells of the skin (melanocytes). If not detected early, it has the capacity to spread through blood vessels and lymph channels to other parts of the body. Fifteen hundred Australians die from melanoma each year. Australia has the highest rates of melanoma in […]

Mohs surgery

Mohs surgery Also known as Mohs or Mohs’ surgery What is Mohs surgery? Mohs surgery is an advanced technique that ensures complete removal of skin cancers with minimal loss of surrounding tissue. It was originally developed in the USA by Dr Frederick Mohs in the early 1940s. It involves removal and comprehensive analysis and mapping […]