Skin check

  • Skin Cancer Treatment

    Skin cancers can be treated using surgical and non surgical treatments.

    Surgical treatments used for treatment of skin cancers are physical treatments to remove the tumour.  Depending on the thickness of the lesion the treatment may be more or less invasive.  Thicker tumours are generally treated with excision and techniques include elipse (boat shaped excision), flaps and grafts. On occasion the wound may be left open for a period of time to await results of histopathology (as in the so called 'Slow Moh's'), but in most cases the wound is closed immediately following the removal of the tumour.  Surgical treatments also include diathermy and serial curettage.  This is usually used for superficial tumours on areas of the body where recurrence is less likely.  Both small and large tumours can be treated with this technique.

    Non surgical treatments are treatments using medications to attack and remove the tumour. They include Aldara (Imiquimod), Efudix, and Metvix PDT (Photodynamic therapy).  These treatments are generally used for lesions which are thin and on areas of the body where recurrence is less likely, although small superficial lesions on higher risk areas may be suitable for these treatments.

  • Skin Check

    Skin Check Brisbane

    Living in Australia you have a higher risk of skin damage as a result of increased exposure to the sun. Australians have a 2 in 3 chance of developing skin cancer in their lifetime. A simple yearly skin check can detect issues early and can save your life. Melanoma affects about 1 in 30 people in Australia, and kills more than a 1000 people a year.

  • Skin Tag Removal

    Skin Tag Removal

    Skin tags are small benign growths attached to the skin by a small thin stalk. Skin tag removal is a simple process completed by a doctor. Removing skin tags at home can be painful and often bleed heavily or become infected.

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma  - Skin Cancer Type

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer, and often occur in elderly people who have had extensive sun exposure over their lifetimes.

  • Sunspots

    Sunspots, which are also called solar or actinic keratoses, are pink or tan coloured scaly spots that feel slightly rough to the touch. They occur commonly in people over 40 with light skin and hair/eyes and on skin that’s often exposed to the sun.  Most common areas are the face, tips of the ears, back of hands and forearms. 

  • What age do I need to have my children's skin checked?

    Most children are at very low risk of skin cancers, so regular skin checks are not routinely recommended unless there are particular concerns.  While skin cancers including melanoma are rare, they do occur, so if there is a mole or spot that is changing or growing at an accelerated rate, or looks odd or different to every other mole on the child’s body, then they should be checked to ensure it is not a cancer.

  • What is skin cancer?

    What is skin cancer?

    Skin cancer is a group of skin cells that have been damaged in a way that results in uncontrolled growth.  Depending on the type of skin cancer, this can result in spread to distant sites in the body or locally destructive growth.  Either forms of spread can result in damage to the body and eventual death if not treated.

     

     

  • What is sun burn and how can I prevent it?

    Sunburn is the reaction of your skin to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Depending on your skin type and the season, sunburn can occur after as little as ten minutes of sun exposure if adequate protection is not provided. Fair skin types and people with light coloured hair and eyes are the most prone to sun burn and hence to the subsequent development of skin cancer.  Most Australians are aware of the danger of sun exposure, but sun burn is still very common because people underestimate the amount of ultraviolet radiation they are exposing themselves to.  This includes days when it is overcast, cooler or windy, when the burning effects of the sun may not be noticed before a sunburn has already happened.  All sunburns cause damage to the cells of your skin, and these changes include damage to the DNA of your cells.  Over many years, enough damage to the DNA of your cells can accumulate to cause a skin cancer to develop.  Many older people experience skin cancers many years after the activities that caused them have stopped, and may continue to have skin cancers appear from time to time despite minimal sun exposure.

    Prevention of sun burn is through covering your skin with clothing, hats and sunglasses or through the use of sunscreens at all times when ultraviolet light is intense enough to damage your skin.  This is typically between 10am and 3pm although this varies with season and climate.  Here in Queensland in the summer months the UV index may be extreme from early morning though to early evening

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  • Why use Melanoma Scan to have my mole removal?

    Melanoma Scan doctors are dedicated skin cancer doctors, who are focussed on giving you the best outcome of your mole removal. 

    Whether it is a cosmetic shave excision, or a biopsy to diagnose or exclude melanoma, your doctor will provide you with the best experience possible under the circumstances, and the piece of mind that your mole will always be tested to exclude the possibility of melanoma or other skin cancer in the tissue.

    We are dedicated to giving you the best possible cosmetic outcome as well, especially where the mole is removed from the face or body because it is raised and getting traumatised or just generally “in the way”.  In these examples, our primary focus is on achieving an excellent cosmetic outcome. 

    Where melanoma is a possibility, the focus is on giving the pathologist the whole lesion to analyse, so a larger wound may be required, which of course can take longer to heal, but will ensure that the most accurate diagnosis is achieved. Your doctor will guide you through the process step by step to ensure it is pain free and minimise inconvenience.

    Melanoma Scan - Skin Cancer Clinic

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