If you have symptoms, you will usually begin by seeing your GP, who will examine you. If they think your symptoms could be caused by cancer, they will refer you to a hospital for specialist advice and treatment.
In certain situations, a specially trained GP may be able to remove the affected area. However, most people with suspected skin cancer are referred to a specialist at their local hospital. A doctor who specialises in treating skin diseases is called a dermatologist.
Your GP will decide how quickly you need to see the specialist after looking at your symptoms. This will be based on their experience and national guidelines. If they think you have an SCC, you will usually see the specialist within two weeks. This is the usual waiting time for cancer of this type.
If your GP suspects that you have a BCC, you will usually be seen within 18 weeks. This is because nearly all BCCs are slow-growing and unlikely to change during this time. Sometimes, your GP may refer you to see the specialist within two weeks for a BCC if they think you need to be seen sooner. Your GP can explain the referral process to you.