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.
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.
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 privately billed. Gap payment will apply to patients 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 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.
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.