childers-skin-checks-uvAt Childers Doctors Surgery we can provide skin checks, mole scanning and mole removal, providing detection of malignant melanoma and other types of skin cancers. Skin cancer can be successfully treated if detected in time. Early skin cancer diagnosis of melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma greatly increases your chances of successful treatment before metastasis occurs. 

Our doctors have training in skin cancer management and may be able to diagnose early signs of skin cancer.

A skin mole check may well save your life, call 07 4126 1635 to book an appointment today.

Facts about Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells in the skin and is the most common form of cancer in Australia.

There are 3 main types of skin cancer -

Non Melanoma Skin Cancers

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
* is the most common form of skin cancer accounting for 70-85% of all skin cancers.
* It usually appears as a ‘pearly’ nodule or patch with small blood vessels through the surface.
* It is usually found on head, neck or upper body - shoulder, chest.
* Generally a slow growing skin cancer with the nodule presents for months which doesn’t go away.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
* second most common form of skin cancer accounting for about 15- 20% of all skin cancers.
* Mainly found on the head,neck, hands, forearms or lower leg.
* It has the appearance of being red, scaly/crusty patch that may bleed easily.
* It grows quickly over a period of few months, and may spread to other part of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream and this secondary cancer can be very difficult to treat.

Melanoma
* It is the least common type of skin cancer but it is the most dangerous of all.
* Responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths
* Begins as a localised skin lesion. It can invade the skin around them or spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or blood stream.

Skin Cancer Risk assessment
1) Do you have fair skin that burns easily?
2) Are you over the age of 60?
3) Have you ever had a skin cancer removed?
4) Have you had long term sun exposure?
5) Have a personal or family history of skin cancer?
6) Are you taking any immunosuppressant medication?
7) Are you a person with lots of moles?
8) Noticed a mole has changed in appearance?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please consider arranging for a skin check with one of our doctors. Our doctors will examine the spot and depending on the diagnosis, you may be informed of the treatment options available, monitoring for any changes or reassurance that it is harmless. If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, your doctors will discuss the various treatment plans with you.