Skin Cancer

  • Australia has one of the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Melanoma is the third most common cancer and skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.
    At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we provide a service that aims to identify skin cancers early to ensure best possible outcomes through skin checks, monitoring, biopsies and treatments of any suspicious lesions.

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  • We currently understand a number of causes of skin cancer. These aspects can therefore be understood, avoided or educated about. However there are still some unanswered questions surrounding their development.

    At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we will help you to identify some of your individual risk factors and advise you how you can protect your skin and prevent damage.

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  • Sun exposure can also cause skin changes known as solar keratosis or actinic keratosis (commonly known as sunspots).

    These are of concern as they are felt to be pre cancerous lesions, which means if left untreated they have the potential to turn into a skin cancer – commonly a squamous cell carcinoma.

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  • We all know we need to protect ourselves from the sun and most now know how this should be accomplished.

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  • How good a sunscreen is at protecting you from UV radiation is measured by its sun protection factor or SPF.

    SPF measures HOW LONG it will take for UVB rays to redden the skin when using the sunscreen, compared to how long it will take without sunscreen.

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  • Early detection of a skin cancer is essential to reduce your risk of harm.

    At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we recommend having a skin check with one of our doctors so you can discuss your individual risk factors, understand what to look for, when to seek help and ensure early detection. A skin check by a doctor is commonly recommended every 2-3 years however your individual characteristics may alter this.

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  • At Medical Skin Clinic Australia, a doctor always performs a clinical mole mapping.

    This involves a fully body examination of your skin by the doctor, who uses an instrument called a dermatoscope. This instrument allows the doctor to see your moles at a higher magnification.

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  • After a skin examination has been done, it is possible the doctor may find a mole or skin lesion that they are concerned about which may need some treatment.

    Treatment for skin cancers can vary depending on the type of skin cancer, its size, its location and its depth. The doctors at Medical Skin Clinic Australia are here to help and support you. They will explain all possible options and allow you to chose a solution you understand and are happy to progress with.

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  • Medical Skin Clinic Australia offer a skin treatment called Photodynamic Therapy.

    Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that can be used for a number of different problems. Its main use is in the treatment of pre malignant skin lesions such as solar keratosis and the treatment of skin cancers. It can also be used for skin rejuvenation, acne, rosacea and wound healing.

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Australia has one of the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Melanoma is the third most common cancer and skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.
At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we provide a service that aims to identify skin cancers early to ensure best possible outcomes through skin checks, monitoring, biopsies and treatments of any suspicious lesions.
We also aim to help you understand how to prevent skin cancers and identify lesions you should get checked. We aim to look after your skin for your lifetime.

About Skin Cancers

There are three main types of skin cancers: 

  • Melanoma: The most dangerous
  • Basal Cell Cancer (BCC) 
  • Squamous Cell Cancer (SCC)

BCC and SCC are also known as Non Melanoma Skin Cancer (NMSC) and are the most common type of skin cancer.

Basal cell cancers grow slowly, invading and damaging the skin around them. The risk of them spreading to distant areas is low and they are less likely to be fatal. They usually arise in sun exposed areas as a painless, raised, red area of skin, with small vessels running over it and a central ulcer that doesn’t seem to heal. Or it may be flat, red and scaley, almost like a patch of eczema. Therfore any non healing sores should be checked by a doctor.

Squamous cell cancers can grow slowly or rapidly. These can spread to other parts of the body and can be fatal, but are less aggressive than melanomas. They usually presents as a hard lump with a scaly top that can grow to form a horn. They can also be painful to touch.

Melanomas are the most aggressive type of skin cancer. 75% of melanomas arise from normal skin but because they initially resemble a mole, we are trained to look for new moles or changes in moles. But of course being a cancer, melanomas grow in size and shape, whereas normal moles do not grow or alter. Melanomas grow in a disorganised way, which is why we are trained to look for unusual changes.

Where do skin cancers develop?
Basal cell and Squamous cell cancers are most commonly found on sun exposed areas of skin such as the face, ears, scalp, hands and forearms.

Melanomas however can develop on any skin surface and are often found on non sun exposed areas of skin such as the inner arm or buttock. In men they are commonest on the head or neck. In women they are commonest on the lower leg.
Melanomas are rare in people with dark skin. If they do develop in people with dark skin, they are usually found under the fingernails, under the toenails, on the palms of the hands, or on the soles of the feet.

If you have a skin lesion you are concerned about or have a family history of skin cancer please call the clinic on 03 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment. Skin is our Ardour. We are always happy to listen and help support your skin concerns. Skin is your confidence….. Let us protect it for you.

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At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we aim to educate you on your skin and support you to ensure you make decisions you are happy with.

We listen to your concerns and answer any questions, ensuring you have a team dedicated to lifelong skin protection.

If you have a skin lesion you are concerned about or have a family history of skin cancer please call the clinic on 03 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.
Skin is our Ardour. We are always happy to listen and help support your skin concerns. Skin is your confidence.

Let us protect it for you.

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ADDRESS:

TORQUAY: 160 Surfcoast highway, Torquay, Victoria

GEELONG: Salon Euphoria, 1/84 Shannon Avenue, Geelong West, Vic 3218

PHONE NUMBER FOR ALL LOCATIONS

(03) 5261 6171

OPENING HOURS TORQUAY:

Monday & Tuesday 9am – 5pm.

Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 8pm.

Friday 9am – 5pm.

Saturday 9am – 3pm.

OPENING HOURS GEELONG WEST:

Fridays 9.15am – 5pm.

Other times by appointment

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