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Skin Checks

Skin Cancer Check Clinic In Melbourne

At Skin Clinic offers comprehensive skin cancer checks that analyse all skin lesions from head to toe.  During the appointment, the Dr will inform you if any lesions are concerning and need to be removed or monitored and will provide education regarding the identification and prevention of skin cancers.

Lesions that need to be monitored will be photographed and reviewed in a few months.

Suspicious lesions will be treated as soon as possible. Surgical removals, all done in the clinic under local anesthetic, and non-surgical options may be available depending on the type of lesion.

Removal of benign skin lesions for cosmetic purposes is also performed.

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What is skin cancer?

Skin cancers are very common types of cancer that occur when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun which cause mutations inside the skin cells leading them to grow at an abnormal rate.

There are three main types of skin cancer:
• Basal cell Carcinoma
• Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs)
• Melanoma

Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma skin cancer. They are less invasive than melanomas but can also cause serious damage.

Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australians. In 2015, 13,694 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.

Every year, in Australia:
• Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
• Majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
• GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
• he incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the United States and the UK.
• In 2016, 1960 people died from skin cancer in Australia, 1281 from melanoma and 679 from non-melanoma skin cancers.

*Non-melanoma skin cancers are not notified to cancer registries.

Skin Cancer symptoms

It is a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection, as  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.

Become familiar with the look of your skin, so you pick up any changes that might suggest a skin cancer. Look for:

• Any crusty, non-healing sores/pimples
• Small lumps that are red, pale, or pearly in colour
• Skin areas or lumps that bleed easily or recurrently with minimal trauma
• Spots that stand out from the others on that same area
• New spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness, or shape over a period of weeks to months.

How to diagnose a skin cancer?

Identifying a skin cancer can be very difficult even for doctors. Many times, they will look very similar with a normal mole or be almost invisible to the naked eye.

For these reasons it is very important to seek a doctor that is experienced and properly trained in the identification and treatment of skin cancers like Dr Lucas de Siqueira. During the assessment the Doctor will examine your skin with the use of a dermoscope, a special instrument that allows the doctor to see features that are not seen by the naked eye and decide it a spot looks suspicious and whether it should be treated/removed or not.  

It is also very important to check your skin regularly and check with your skin doctor if you notice any changes.

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