Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70*
The 3 main types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs) Squamous Cell Carcinoma’s (SCC’s) and Melanoma’s
The best prognosis for skin cancer is early treatment.
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common but least dangerous form of skin cancer.
BCC’s as they are referred to tend to grow slowly over time and do not spread throughout the body although if left untreated can invade local tissue and become problematic over time.
They vary in appearance and presentation – they may be small raised lesions, red or pearly in colour or even as a dry, scaly or reddened area that may even ulcerate or fail to resolve.
Treatment usually depends on the area involved and can be either a topical cream, light therapy or surgery.
Squamous cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma are less common, however this cancer may still spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
It varies in appearance, can present as a red, scaly area that may bleed easily, crust or ulcerate, or as a hardened core lesion. It can grow quite quickly and usually appears on areas of the skin most exposed to the sun.
Treatment usually involves surgery.
The most dangerous skin cancer. These can present in many different ways and sometimes as a new lesion or in an existing one. Common characteristics of lesions are irregularity in shape or color, they are usually asymmetrical and look different to other lesions you may have on you. They may be slow or fast growing. They are more common in fair skinned people.
Surgery is always indicated for melanoma as it can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
Skin Cancer and Mole Checks
A full body skin check takes 20 minutes and it is easy and simple.
Our GP’s are experienced in skin cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment.
Australian Skin Face Body doctors can also conduct comprehensive skin checks using a dermatoscope. A dermatoscope is a magnifying lens and light source. By eliminating reflection from the skin surface, the dermatoscope allows better visualisation of the patterns formed by pigment and blood vessels.
Dermatoscopy also known as dermoscopy, greatly increases the ability for early detection and ongoing monitoring of suspicious skin lesions and diagnosis of skin tumours.
Is my spot skin cancer?
If you find a suspicious spot or any irregularities or changes to skin lesions, anywhere on your body:
Please get it checked immediately.
It could save your life.
Contrary to popular belief, not all skin cancers start out as moles. Skin cancers can also be difficult to pick up in their early stages, especially to the untrained eye. For peace of mind, have the spot checked.
Skin Cancer, am I at risk?
It’s a good idea to talk to an expert about your level of risk and advice on early detection.
Take the opportunity to discuss this with us when you are having your annual skin cancer and mole check.
Do I need a doctor’s referral for a skin check?
No referral is necessary for a skin cancer check with an experienced GP at Australian Skin Face Body.
You will however need a referral to see Mr Ian Holten or Mr Rafael Acosta-Rojas.
How is skin cancer treated at Australian Skin Face Body?
The choice of treatment will depend on the individual and the type, size, location and depth of the skin cancer. Your age, general health and likely outcome to your appearance is also taken into consideration.
All of this will be discussed with you before any treatment is undertaken.
Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) for skin cancer treatment
What can I expect during PDT?
- A special liquid is applied to the skin. The process collects in the tumor cells over several hours or days, where it is converted to a different chemical.
- A special light source is then focused on the tumor which kills the cells.
- There will be a tingling or burning at the therapy site, mild swelling, crusting and mild blistering.
- You will experience light sensitivity for a period of 24 – 48 hours and will need to avoid direct sunlight.
- Ointment is to be applied five – six times daily for approximately one week after treatment.
- If a scab/ crust appears, gently dab it with a towel after showering.
- Healing with PDT is usually quick and there is relatively small damage to healthy cells.
Topical skin cancer treatments
Creams and gels can be used to treat superficial basal cell carcinoma. These are gently rubbed into the area for up to 4 weeks. Side effects are variable with some patients not experiencing any discomfort, however, redness, irritation and inflammation usually occur, which indicates treatment is working and resolves after treatment completion.
Surgical treatments for skin cancer
Minor procedures such as the removal of benign lesions (such as moles) and skin cancers are performed in our fully equipped procedure rooms.
Should you require more complex treatment you will be referred to one of our specialists within our clinics to maintain quality and continuity of care.
Skin cancer. Early detection is the key. We cannot stress highly enough the importance of an annual skin check. It’s just something YOU need to do.
For more information on skin cancer visit www.sunsmart.com.au