Skin Cancer & Mole Scan
Skin Cancer Checks
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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. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.
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 disfigurement 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.
If you are worried about a spot on your skin, or just want a general skin check, come in to see one of our Skin Specialists.
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 maginification of each mole, and greatly improves the detection of skin cancers. 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. If patients are interested, we can also use the mole scan machine to show you any abnormal moles that you may not easily be able to see, such as if they are located on the back or legs.
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.