Skin Cancer Checks
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the skin and will affect 1 in 2 Australians across their lifetime. Skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early. Over 95% of skin cancers are due to UV exposure such as unprotected exposure or prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Regular skin checks are advisable for anyone with a past history or family history of skin cancer (especially melanoma) or those who spend lengthy periods of time exposed to UV light (such as outdoor workers).
Dr Angeline Barker and Dr May Sian Oh perform skin checks at The Woods Medical Centre. Both doctors have completed extensive training in the detection, management and treatment of skin cancer with the Skin Cancer College Australasia.
A routine skin check at The Woods Medical Centre involves the following:
Initial discussion with your doctor about risk factors and any concerns you may have.
Undressing to your underwear in a private consulting room
Your doctor will check all areas of your skin (head to toe) using specialised lighting and a dermatascope (which is a special hand held microscope).
The process of doing a skin check is a painless procedure which takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Additional time for discussion and further treatments may be required.
If any lesions of concern are identified by your doctor, they will discuss with you if further investigation is required e.g. a biopsy - where a small sample of the skin tissue is removed under a local anaesthetic. Your doctor will also discuss what the next steps and treatment options may be. We aim to use techniques that minimise discomfort for the patient but also ensure the best possible clinical outcomes.
We use state of the art digital technology that allows for comparisons of individual skin lesions at future times if required. This can significantly aid in the early detection of skin cancer.
Source: 1.Cancer Council
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This website is intended to provide you with general information only. This information is not a substitute for advice from your doctor and does not contain all facts about procedures or conditions. It is important that you consult with your doctor about your personal situation.