Skin Cancer Checks
Here at Browns Plains Medical & Skin Cancer Clinic we have experienced male & female doctors available to do full body skin checks. Skin Cancer is incredibly common in Australia. Queensland is the 'skin cancer capital' of the world.
Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year.
A complete skin check aims to find these skin cancers early and get them treated to prevent serious complications.
The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disability or even death.
Become familiar with the look of your skin, so you pick up any changes that might suggest a skin cancer. Look for:
any crusty, non-healing sores
small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour
new spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months.
always check your skin and discuss your concerns with your skin cancer doctor
Mole Scan Machine & Dermoscopy
When you come for your skin check appointment, our doctors will use dermoscopy and a mole scanning machine to perform the check. Dermoscopy is a hand held device that provides clear magnification of each mole, and greatly improves the detection of skin cancers.
Generally we will perform a head-to-toe examination, so that we reduce our chance of not missing any dangerous mole.
Everything is done with complete privacy, and our friendly doctors will explain each step along the way and if there are any abnormal findings.
We will also suggest the possible treatment options if there are any abnormal skin lesions or skin cancers detected.
Our mole scanning machine comes equipped with a camera that we can use to scan and record all skin lesions. We can also use this to track moles over time, to see if they are changing. We have a dedicated skin check room to provide privacy.
We have an experienced qualified female Skin GP, Dr Joveria Javaid, available as well for those who prefer to see a female doctor.
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Please note that the above information has been sourced from the Cancer Council. For further information about Skin Cancers, please visit the Cancer Council site.