Anyone can get skin cancer. It’s more common among people with fair skin. Skin cancer can affect both men and women. Most Australians are treated with skin cancer at some time in their life
The three most common type of skin cancers are:
- Basal cell cancer: most common. Grow locally. May bleed or itch.
- Squamous cell skin cancer: often arise from sunspots. Usually scaly and tender.
- Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. They are often changing dark spots (can be pink) and can occur anywhere in the body not just sun exposed area’s. Melanoma’s is also the most common cancer in young people over the age of 15.
Regular skin check’s are recommended for everyone. Especially if:
- you have a family history of melanoma’s
- you have a lot of moles
- you have sunspots (solar keratosis)
- if you get sunburn easily
- have a history of severe/blistering sunburns
- spend lots of time outdoors, unprotected, during their lifetime
- if you are immune suppressed, organ transplant recipient.
When you come for a skin check:
- Please do not wear MAKE UP, NAIL POLISH, SUNSCREEN OR MOISTURISER.
- You will be required to undress down to your underwear during the skin check.
- A dermatoscope will be used to have a close up look for any spot of concern. Sometimes, the doctor may take a photograph of a spot so it can be monitored over time for any changes.
- If any suspicious spot is found, the doctor may do a testing (biopsy under local anaesthesia) to see whether it is a skin cancer.
Skin cancers can be excised at the clinic. Please enquire about the fee when booking for your procedure as this depends on the complexity of the procedure.
Dr Vanessa Huang is one of our GP’s who has a special interest in skin cancer. Dr Huang does skin checks, skin surgery and GP dermatology. Dr Huang runs a Skin Check Clinic on Tuesday afternoons, all you need to do is book a single appointment.Leave a reply →