Neoplasm is a medical term that refers to abnormal growths, which can be malignant (non-cancerous) or benign (cancerous). Both malignant and benign skin growths are very common and typically develop on parts of the body that are often exposed to the sun such as the face and arms. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting millions of people every year. However, it is also the easiest to treat because it is diagnosed early due to noticeable symptoms that include the presence of growths, spots, or moles.
Patients with any type of skin cancer can seek comprehensive treatment in Southeast Asia. Countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia are home to highly qualified dermatologists as well as surgical and medical oncologists with years of training and professional experience. Some are even certified by international medical organisations such as the American Board of Dermatology. There are also many doctors in Southeast Asia who are trained and certified to perform Mohs micrographic surgery, an improvement to the standard local excision surgery that offers increased chances of cure and in the majority of cases, eliminates the need for additional treatment or surgery.
Aside from having a long list of highly qualified skin cancer specialists, Southeast Asia also has many hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO). Such certifications mean that the hospitals meet international standards and that they have a proven track record for consistently providing the best possible medical care. It also means that the hospitals use advanced technology and best practices and that their doctors, surgeons, and specialists are highly qualified. Despite the high quality of care, skin cancer patients in Southeast Asia can still expect enormous cost savings because consultations, diagnostic procedures, and surgical treatments for skin cancer are up to 50-75% cheaper in the region than in Western countries.