Skin Cancer Treatment

  • 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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Skin Cancer Treatment

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.

Most lesions require an initial biopsy that is sent to the pathology laboratory to make a 100% diagnosis.

Biopsies are a small procedure that requires the injection of a local anesthetic into the skin. A small sample of the lesion is then taken and sent to the laboratory. Once the results of this are returned to the clinic, another appointment will be made to discuss the results and if any further treatment is required. The procedure involves minimal time and discomfort and results is a small wound that usually heals without a scar.

Further treatment could involve any of the following:
Minor Surgery
The doctor will remove the entire lesion via a simple minor procedure. Local anaesthtic is applied to the skin and the lesion, plus a border of normal skin is removed. This can be done via a number of techniques that the doctor will discuss with you. The wound is then either left open to heal by itself or sutures (stitches) are insterted. The removed lesion is then sent to the laboratory for microscopic examination to verify that all cancerous cells have been removed. In most cases one procedure removes all the cancerous cells however it may be possible you require a second or larger proceure to do this.

Photodynamic therapy
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses a prescription cream and a special type of light. The cream is a chemical that can be activated by the light. When applied to the skin, the cream is selectively absorbed into the damaged skin cells. When the area is then exposed to the light, the cream is activated and destroys any cancer cells, bacteria or other damaged cells whilst not causing any damage to normal cells.

Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen – an extremely cold fluid – to destroy the cancerous cells. This is usually only performed on certain lesions that are not very deep.

Referral
Some skin cancers require further investigations, more delicate or larger surgical procedures, or more extensive medical management. It therefore necessary on some occations to refer you to a specialist for further treatment.

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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.

LOCATION

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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