SymptomsHave You Noticed:
- 1A skin sore that will not heal?
- 2A new unusual looking mole?
- 3A mole that has changed colour, size or shape?
- 4A spot that has started to itch or bleed?
- 5Lumps or spots on the skin that bleed easily when touched?
- 6Crusty or scaly spots on the skin?
If you have any of the symptoms listed above contact us for an urgent appointment.
Early detection of skin cancer
saves lives! 3
How it Works
What happens during a Skin Check?
At the initial consultation the doctor will take your history, examine you and suggest an appropriate treatment.
Skin cancer can be prevented. Review protection tips on how to protect your skin.
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Actinic keratoses (AKs) are small, red, rough, scaly, flat spots that feel like dry skin patches. They often occur on sun-exposed areas, such as the nose, ears, face, chest, forearms, and back of the hands. Other common names include AK, AKs, solar keratosis, precancers, and pre-skin cancers.
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FACT: 2 out of 3 Australians will develop skin cancer. 2
Over the past decades, the incidence of skin cancer has risen in Australia. From 1982 to 2007 melanoma diagnoses increased by around 50 per cent. From 1998 to 2007, consultations to treat non-melanoma skin cancer increased by 14 percent, reaching 950,000 visits each year.
For this reason, detecting skin cancer early is our focus. We treat you to ensure the early detection and recovery of skin cancers.
Over 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early. 1
It is essential you make an appointment should you notice signs or symptoms of skin cancer.
You may be at higher risk of developing melanoma if you have:
- Pale complexion
- Blonde or red hair
- Freckles or skin that is sensitive to the sun
- A large number of moles on the skin
- A family history of skin cancer
The best thing you can do for your skins health is monitor it, specifically note and be aware of any changes in skin condition.
Annual head to toe checks are recommended to be sure there are no changes in the overall skin type.
If you have not had a skin check in the past 12 months, contact us to make an appointment today.
Look for danger signs of melanoma.
To remember the signs and symptoms of melanoma when checking your own skin, follow the ABCDEFG method:
Asymmetrical skin lesion. Both sides of the lesion are not the same.
Border of the lesion is irregular. You can detect a scalloped or poorly circumscribed border.
Colour: Melanomas usually have multiple colours. You may see shades of tan and brown, black, red, white or blue.
Diameter: Moles greater than 6mm are more likely to be melanomas than smaller moles.
Enlarging: Enlarging or evolving. You notice the mole increasing in size.
Note that Nodular melanomas do not fulfill these criteria. They have their own "EFG":
Elevated: the lesion is raised above the surrounding skin.
Firm: the nodule is solid to the touch.
Growing: the nodule is increasing in size.
Contact us for a skin assessment if you have suspicious lesions presenting any of these signs.