SKIN CANCER CLINIC
Our aim is to provide caring, efficient and accessible service for early detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of skin cancer in the primary setting.
SKIN CANCER DETECTION
We provide Australians with a caring, efficient and accessible opportunity to receive early detection, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.
It is recommended that all adults have a regular full skin cancer check that includes using dermoscopy.
We are dedicated to treating any concerning skin lesions, skin cancers using a dermatoscope.
An annual skin check enables us to compare changes against your previous skin check to detect early changes. Skin cancer found early can usually be treated successfully.
If you notice anything unusual, including any change in shape, colour, size, and/or the development of a new spot – then visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Whilst we must remember that there are some rare forms of skin cancer which cannot be found early, the good news is that most skin cancers can be prevented or found early.
SKIN CANCER PROCEDURES
We provide a full range of treatment modalities including creams, liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, curettage, biopsy, and skin lesion excision.
WHAT IS SKIN CANCER?
Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Australia has amongst the highest rates in the world.
There are three main types of skin cancer:
- basal cell carcinoma (BCC’s) – the most common form (~75%)
- squamous cell carcinoma (SCC’s)
- melanoma – the most dangerous form (<5%)
Both BCC’s & SCC’s are known as non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC’s).
- Two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
- More than 750,000 people treated for one or more NMSC’s in Australia each year.
- Melanoma is the 3rd & 4th most common cancer in Australian women & men, respectively. and the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years.
- In 2012, 12,036 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.
- 95 – 99% of all skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun.
The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.
CHANGE is the KEY!
Be familiar with your skin, & IDENTIFY any changes EARLY.
- any crusty, non-healing sores
- small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour
- new spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months (especially those dark brown to black, red or blue-black in colour).
BCC’s normally appear as a lump or scaling area that is red, pale or pearly in colour.
They typically grow slowly, & are most common on the head, neck & upper torso.SCCs normally appear as a red, scaly spot that may be tender or bleed easily.
They typically grow slowly over months and can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. They are most common on chronically exposed areas such as head/neck, arms & lower legs.
Melanomas grow/develop over weeks to months & can spread rapidly to other parts of the body. They can be flat or raised & appear as a new or existing spot that changes (size, shape, colour).
If detected early, most skin cancers are successfully treated.In 2013, 2209 people died from skin cancer in Australia, (1617: melanoma & 592 NMSC).The five-year relative survival rate for melanoma is 89% for men and 94% for women.