Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
Early detection and treatment is important. Currently there is no screening programme for skin cancer. However, it is important to check yourself regularly and get a skin check with your GP, skin cancer doctor or dermatologist if you have any concern or for high risk patients.
One can have spot checks or full body skin checks. A spot check involves examination of specific lesion of concern. A full body skin check involves comprehensive assessment and head to toe examination of spots using a hand held instrument called dermatoscope.
There are many causes of skin cancer, the most important being UV exposure. There are 3 main types of skin cancer:
BCC and SCC are known as Non Melanoma Skin Cancers.
Skin cancers could present as –
Most skin cancers are treated with surgical excision. Some skin cancers can also be treated with cryotherapy, curettage and topical creams.
Southbank Medical Centre
Skin Cancer Check Melbourne