Skin Cancer Clinic
Annual Skin checks | Surgical Audit | Nursing support | Preventative programs | and more...
Skin cancer is Australia’s most common cancer, accounting for around 80% of all newlydiagnosed cancers. 2 in 3 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70 and around 2000 people die each year from skin cancer.
The majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun, making skin cancer almost entirely preventable through adequate sun protection and regular skin checks.
There are three main types of skin cancer:
Basal cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma
Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15-40 years and the deadliest form of skin cancer, with five Australians dying from it each day.
Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma skin cancer or keratinocyte cancers.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, which grows slowly and veryrarely presents a threat to life. Similarly, squamous cell carcinoma usually isn’t lifethreatening, however, it can become dangerous if it goes untreated and spreads to other parts of the body.
Our Skin Cancer Clinic can help you with both prevention and treatment of skin cancer.
We have developed a purpose built facility to deliver a full range of skin cancer services.
Annual Skin Cancer Checks
People with a predisposition to developing skin cancer should be checked at least annually. Some people need to be checked more often.
Skin cancer checks are non-invasive and non-painful procedures, which allow medical professional to examine and identify suspicious skin changes for further assessment.
Doctors at the clinic send the specimens to a specialised laboratory with expertise in skin cancer pathology. Statistics are kept and are used to benchmark our clinicians against other doctors providing skin cancer services.
Practice nurses have been trained in assisting clinic doctors, thereby providing a faster, more reliable service.
The clinic has been set up with an automated patient table to ensure the patients are comfortable and the doctors work at an ergonomic height. Pictures can be taken of lesions and stored for future comparison to help track skin changes over time.