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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.

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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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How to check for Skin Cancer

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.

To identify a melanoma we are trained to look for changes in a mole.

Moles are not normally present at birth, but appear in childhood and teenage years. By the age of 25 you should have all the moles you are going to aquire and none of them should be changing or growing. Most people have a signature mole appearance ie most moles on their body look similar.

We are therefore more suspicious of any new mole that develops after the age of 25 and a mole that does not fit your signature mole pattern or is changing ie the ugly duckling. Features to pick in the ulgy duckling are changes in a moles size, shape or color or if a mole deveolps an irregular edge, more than one color, is itchy or bleeds.

The Australian Cancer Council recommends all adults; particularly those aged 40 and over, should:

  • Develop a regular habit of checking your skin.
  • Get familiar with your skin and what is normal for you.
  • Ensure you check your entire body including areas that are never exposed to the sun.
  • Look for new moles or moles that may have changed in shape, color or size – if you notice anything unusual, call the clinic for further assessment.
  • Seek assistance from others, or use a mirror to check difficult to see areas such as your back and scalp.

What to look for:

You need to look for 3 types of skin cancers:

1.Melanoma
These are the most deadly form of skin cancer that if untreated can spread to other parts of the body and be fatal.

They can initially resemble a mole so can be identified by a new mole that has developed, or a mole that is changing in size, colour or shape. Some can grow quickly, be raised or bleed.

The most important thing to look for is a NEW or CHANGING MOLE.

An ABCDEF Melanoma Detection Guide can be a useful tool to identify a suspicious mole:

Look for the following features and if found we recommend you call the clinic for a doctor to check the mole.

A : Asymmetry – If a spot is asymmetrical ie if you imaged folding the mole in half, the two sides would not match.
B: Border – Be concerned if the spot has an irregular outline.
C: Colour – If the mole is changing colour or contains more than one colour such as black, red, brown, white and grey.
D: Diameter – Be suspicious if a mole is growing in size.
E: Elevation - If the spot becomes raised or develops a lump within it.
F: Feel – If the moles is rough, scaley, ulcerated or bleeds.

2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma
These often develop on sun exposed areas for example the face, ears and hands. They can develop quickly or slowly grow over months. They are usually a thickened red, scaley raised spot that may bleed easily and may be tender to touch.

3. Basal Cell Carcinoma
These are the commonest form of skin cancer but also the least dangerous. They grow slowly on sun exposure areas such as the face, hands and ears. They usually develop as a red or pale lump that enlarges, often with a central ulcer that never heals.
They can also appear as a flat red scaley area similar to a patch of eczema that doesn’t respond to eczema treatment.

It is possible that some normal skin spots can show the above changes, however it is important you get them checked by a doctor. At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we have experienced staff highly trained in identifying skin cancers and we use specialised equipment to help in the idenitification process.

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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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TORQUAY: 160 Surfcoast highway, Torquay, Victoria

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

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