Australian men and women have one of the highest rates of skin cancers in the world, mainly due to sun exposure from our love of the beach and outdoors. However, the risk of skin cancer shouldn’t stop you doing what you love. A regular skin cancer check or mole check every 6-12 months is important for early detection. Book a consultation with an experienced doctor at CSD clinics.
Skin checks at CSD skin cancer clinic in Armadale are bulk billed and we also offer mole scanning and mole removal in-clinic. Book your bulk billed skin check online or contact us on 03 9090 0099 to book.
Allow 30-45 minutes for your skin check. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Upon arrival you will be asked to complete some brief paperwork.
During your skin and mole check, your doctor will review your questionnaire answers and history you have provided to address any specific concerns you might have and any previous skin cancer treatments.
A full body skin check will be completed by your doctor using a specialist medical device called a Dermatoscope.
Once completed, your doctor will discuss their findings with you as well as any suspected skin cancer or suspicious moles. If needed, a treatment plan will be presented which could include recommended mole removal or biopsy. Any biopsies will be sent to a laboratory for analysis and confirmation.
Finally, your doctor will answer any and all questions you might have about the skin cancer check and any follow up management or monitoring needed.
There are three main types of skin cancers, Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC) and Melanomas.
This is the most serious type of skin cancer and can be fatal. It may look like:
The prognosis depends on the stage of growth and how quickly it is detected. Early lesions that are thin have an excellent prognosis, while deeper lesions can spread quickly and lead to death. The treatment of melanoma is surgery. The extent of the surgery depends on the depth of the lesion. Regular follow up after treatment is essential.
These often look like scaly red lesions which may be thickened. They can grow quickly and are often painful. They can spread and invade through the skin. SCC is usually treated by surgical removal.
These are the most common skin cancers and are usually slow-growing. They often look like a red spot or pimple, which does not heal. They may also bleed. They can be treated by:
If a mole is suspicious, it may need to be cut out and sent for pathology. This will be determined by a free skin check.
You should have a full body skin check about every 6 months, or sooner if a mole looks like it is changing, for early detection.
A skin check and mole check at CSD clinics is bulk billed, so we offer free skin checks with a valid Medicare card.
CSD clinics’s skin cancer clinic offer a range of mole removal services including laser mole removal and cosmetic mole removal. The removal method will be determined by the doctor following a free mole check in-clinic.
There are three main removal methods for innocent moles:
Some moles which are benign can be treated with Laser. Laser treatment is not suitable for suspicious moles or skin cancer. Some lasers, eg Alexandrite, are colour selective so will lighten the pigment within the mole. In most cases, the mole will fade by over 60% and will become flatter. This will improve the appearance of the mole, but does not remove all the cells in the mole, and does not prevent melanoma. To achieve best results, more than one treatment may be needed.
Usually a local anaesthetic cream or injections are used to numb the area. The laser works by being attracted to the dark colour within the mole. This leads to a colour change in the mole, which later produces a small scab. After about 10 days, the scab comes off by itself. This often leaves a pink mark which lasts for several weeks. In people with darker skin, the treated area may turn slightly brown. This can be treated with a fading cream.
In most cases at least 2 treatments are needed, to achieve maximum lightening of the lesions.
Mole scanning is the best method of following mole changes. It cannot by itself diagnose melanoma, but when combined with expert medical examination, can greatly help in the diagnosis of melanoma.
Mole scanning is not covered by Medicare. The exact costing will depend on the number of moles to be scanned. Please book a bulk billed skin cancer check and the doctor will give you a quote on the cost.
Generally people with a large number of moles and/or abnormal (dysplastic) lesions are best monitored with mole scanning. People with a family history of melanoma or dysplastic moles can benefit from mole scanning. The doctor will advise you about this.
Mole scanning cannot make a skin cancer diagnosis, but can analyse the colour, shape and various other features, and do a probability analysis of the lesion being suspicious. It cannot tell you whether you have melanoma or skin cancer. An expert medical practitioner needs to interpret these changes. However mole scanning has been shown to be the most useful tool in monitoring changes in moles. Changes may be significant and can alert to the diagnosis of melanoma/ skin cancers. The images from your mapping are stored on a computer, so that a direct comparison can be made in 6 or 12 months.
Skin cancer doesn’t need to cause you worry, or stop you from doing most things you want to do. Early detection and education around suspicious moles will help you with this. To book your skin cancer check, contact us on 03 9090 0099 or book an appointment online.
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