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SKIN

CANCERS

Did you know:
  • Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world. Melanoma is the most common cancer in people 15 – 40 years.
  • Skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.
  • Two in three Australian’s will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.

We offer a high quality service for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of Skin Cancers.

Our experienced Doctors provide a full skin examination to assess any spots or lesions on the skin. We use imaging technology (Mole Max) to check suspicious lesions.

FACTS ABOUT SKIN CANCERS

Skin Cancer is an abnormally growing cell from different layers of the skin, including Melanoma.

2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with Skin Cancer by the age of 70.

The three common types of Skin Cancers are:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BBC)
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  • Melanoma.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Is the most common type of skin cancer; these usually appear on the face, neck or upper back.

They rarely spread to other parts of the body. Once growing they spread locally.

These Cancers can be removed.

Sqamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC)

Are found in the sun exposed area like the face, upper and lower limbs. They do have some risk of spreading to
other parts of the body. They can present as rough crusted spots.

Melanoma

Is the most serious type of Skin Cancer. Melanoma can present as dark, raised,black and sometimes
pink spots. Melanoma if detected early has got a good outcome.

Solar Keratosis

Also called sunspots are rough patches found on the face and arms. They can also present in areas
where there is long term sun exposure. Sun spots have potential to change into Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Freezing with liquid nitrogen is all needed to treat them.

Also some creams can help to sure these spots.

Moles

Most of the moles are benign in nature. There are different types of moles.

Melanoma is a Cancer of pigment cells. They are dangerous and need to be removed.

Atypical Molesor Dysplastic Naevi

They are not Melanoma but do have different shapes and colours.

Usually these moles are monitored regularly and sometimes removed if very suspicious.

Junctional and Compound Naevi

These are the most common and benign moles. They are piglet brown moles.

Congenital Naevi

Are lesions that have been present since birth. They vary in size and are usually benign.

Indradermal Naevi (IDN)

These are raised moles mostly on the face; they usually are safe and can be observed,

and removed easily for cosmetic reasons.

Full Skin

EXAMINATION

Full body skin checks usually take up to 20 minutes. During a skin check we peform head to toe examination of the skin.
We normally ask the patient to undress down to underwear for a full body skin check.
Patients should also try to avoid wearing makeup before their skin check.
Patients should be made aware that photographs will be taken for any suspicious lesions.

SKIN CANCER SURGERY

Most of the skin cancer surgery’s can be performed in our clinic under a
local anaesthetic. This means the patient is not going to be drowsy. After
the removal of the lesion, sutures are applied to the area. The suture
will need to be taken out between 4 to 14 days after their procedure,
depending on the site of the lesion.
Surgical

FEES

The fees for the procedure will be discussed with the doctor
in their consultation. A Medicare rebate applies for most of the procedures.

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