Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, and Regular skin cancer checks are important.The monitoring of new or changing lesions can allow for early detection and treatment of melanomas.
Early detection and treatment of skin cancer will better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.
Talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.
Become familiar with the look of your skin, so you pick up any changes that might suggest a skin cancer. Look for:
- any crusty, non-healing sores
- small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour
- new spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months
Our doctors will discuss your risk factors and family history as part of the assessment. Our doctors use medical equipment, such as dermatoscopes, to closely examine skin lesions thoroughly, beyond what the naked eye can see. In some cases, where further investigation is required, your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist. Dermatologists are doctors who have completed additional training to specialise in diagnosing and treating skin disease.
All of our doctors operate within their scope of practice and are trained in the management of skin conditions, such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and skin infections.
At CHC Medical, we strive for practical communication, systemisation and teamwork to allow our doctors to coordinate the best care for you. We have a comprehensive referral network of Specialist and Allied Health Professionals to assist with your coordinated care, with a range of providers available.