Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in Australia and early detection is key to ensuring successful treatment. To assist in identifying skin cancer in its early, non-melanoma stages, our practice provides thorough skin cancer screening services.
Our team of doctors are trained to perform skin exams and biopsies, as well as to identify the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. We don’t need state of the art technology, just a simple Dermatoscope and a whole lot of knowledge and experience!
We recommend that all Australian adults have a full-body skin exam at least once a year, especially if they have a history of skin cancer, a family history of skin cancer, or have a lot of sun exposure.
Melanomas migrate to lymph glands once they break through the deeper layer of the skin, which means the earlier you pick them up the better. Early melanoma diagnoses have an excellent survival rate.
What are a few ways you can help protect yourself against skin cancer
Inspect your skin regularly, even on a monthly basis especially if you are a Fitzpatrick type I skin.
Schedule annual check-ups with your GP for skin evaluations
Protect yourself by wearing clothing and accessories such as hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Apply sunscreen before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours.
Avoid prolonged sun exposure during peak hours (10am-4pm)
Refrain from using tanning beds.
Keep infants out of direct sunlight.
Do not use sunscreen on infants under 6 months old.
Why you need a skin check:
It’s important to not only schedule annual skin check-ups with a doctor but also to regularly check your own skin for any changes or abnormalities. By having yourself or your partner inspect your skin on a monthly basis, you can quickly identify any irregularities. This guide will provide tips on how to perform a self-examination and what to look for.
Our doctors also understand that a potential skin cancer diagnosis can be stressful, and our team is here to support you every step of the way, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where patients feel comfortable and well-cared for.
If you would like to make an appointment to see a doctor please book online or call us on 9476 2255.