SKIN CLINIC

Our doctors perform Skin Cancer checks providing early detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of Skin Cancer.


Skin Checks

Skin Checks

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT SKIN CANCER?

  • Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world
  • Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
  • More than 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
  • Melanoma is the most common life threatening cancer in the 15 to 44 year age group
  • Melanoma is the third most common life threatening cancer in both men & women overall

Our doctors offer high quality skin checks with modern Dermatoscopy equipment and surgical and non-surgical skin cancer treatment options.

Skin Checks are billed as per our Mixed Billing Policy, if you fall into one of our bulk billing categories your skin check will also be bulk billed.

Book a Skin Check appointment online.


Biopsy and Excision

Biopsy and Excision

Often to tell the difference between a skin cancer and a non-cancerous skin spot, the doctor may need to take a tissue sample (biopsy) to confirm the diagnosis.

A biopsy is a quick and simple procedure that is performed in our dedicated theatre room. You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area, and the doctor will take a small piece of tissue from the spot. In some cases, the spot is cut out completely in a procedure called an excision and stitches are used to close the wound and help it heal.

The tissue that is removed will be sent to a laboratory, where a pathologist will examine it under a microscope. The results will be available in about a week.

If all the cancer is removed during the biopsy, this will probably be the only treatment you need.

Surgery is the most common treatment for skin cancer. It is a quick and simple procedure that can be performed at the practice.  More complex cases may be treated by a surgeon.

All biopsies and excisions are bulk billed for all our patients.


How to Check for Skin Cancer

Here is a simple guide to help you check your skin and recognise the early signs of skin cancer.

SORE

A spot which is sore (scaly, itchy, bleeding, tender) and doesn’t heal within 6 weeks.

CHANGING

Changing in size, shape, colour or texture.

ABNORMAL

Looks different, feels different, or stands out when compared to your other spots and moles.

NEW

Has appeared on your skin recently. Any new moles or spots should be checked, especially if you are over 40.

The more of the above SCAN features a spot or mole has the more concerning it may be. (e.g. a New mole that is Changing in appearance and that is Abnormal is one that should be checked by a doctor urgently.)

Most people have made all their moles by the time they are 40. A new mole after this age is more suspicious, and the older you are the more suspicious a new mole is.

If you do find a spot or mole of concern, see your doctor for either a “spot check”, or a full skin check.

Become familiar with the spots and moles on your skin. You should check your own, and/or your partner’s, skin regularly.


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