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.
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How regularly should I have my skin checked?
It is recommended you attend an annual head to toe skin examination. Following your first assessment, Advanced Surgical and Skin Cancer will follow up to remind you of your next visit.
High risk patients will need to be monitored more regularly. Your Doctor will notify you how frequently you should be assessed following assessment.
Are all skin spots skin cancer?
No, not all skin spots are skin cancer. Skin spots may be a range of benign lesions including freckles and pimples. Advise our Doctors should you have any areas of concern.
What is a biopsy?
A skin lesion biopsy is the removal of a piece of skin to diagnose or rule out certain skin conditions such as skin cancer.
What is a punch biopsy?
Punch biopsies are most often used for suspicious skin spots or sores. Your doctor removes a small round piece of tissue using a sharp, hollow instrument. The sample of tissue is taken under local anaesthetic so that it can be examined and diagnosed by a derma pathologist under a microscope.
Why do a biopsy?
Your doctor may order a skin biopsy if you have suspicious lesions which they believe may be skin cancer or non-cancerous (benign) growths.
How is a punch biopsy performed, is it painful?
The punch biopsy is performed by a Doctor. The Doctor will issue an injection of anaesthetic. This may sting for a few seconds only. Thereafter, the procedure is painless. The procedure only takes a few minutes to perform.
What is a Dermatopathologist?
Dermatopathologists are physicians who have completed additional training and accredited programs which focus on the study of cutaneous diseases at a microscopic level.
Dermatopathologists are skilled in the interpretation of skin biopsies and accurately determine the level of skin disorder to identify the best method of treatment for you.