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Our Clinic Offers Skin Cancer Checks

Living in Australia, we are susceptible to sun damage to our skin. Skin cancers can form when the skin cells are damaged from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It is vital that changes to skin and potential melanomas are examined and detected early for a higher success rate in treatment.

There are three main types of skin cancers that you should be familiar with – melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. It is important to get familiar with them and learn how to detect them on your own skin. Whether you’re located in Kensington, Waterloo, Zetland or Surry Hills, our doctors will be able to help you with skin cancer checks at our clinic.

Melanoma

Although melanomas aren’t as common as other skin cancers, it is considered the most serious type. Starting in the melanocyte cells of the skin, it is more likely to spread to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, brain and bones. If you notice an irregular spot it is important to get a skin cancer check with a doctor at our trusted clinic.

Know the signs:

  • Melanoma can appear as a new or existing spot
  • It can change size, colour or shape over a number of weeks or months
  • Either has a flat or raised surface, and often an irregular edge
  • Can be more than one colour (brown, black, blue, red, white, light grey, pink or skin-coloured)
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

SCC accounts for about 30% of non-melanoma skin cancers. Starting in the upper layer of the epidermis, it is commonly found on body parts most exposed to the sun and can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.

Know the signs:

  • SCC may become inflamed and bleed.
  • It can appear as a thick red, scaly or crusted spot, or rapidly growing lump
  • It is often tender to touch
  • SCC on the lips and ears is more likely to spread
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

BCC accounts for about 70% of non-melanoma skin cancers and starts in the lower layer of the epidermis. Sometimes taking months or years to grow, it rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Early diagnosis is key and will make it easier to treat. If left untreated for too long, it can grow deeper into the skin and damage surrounding tissue. When you spot a suspicious lump on your body you should book an appointment with a skin cancer clinic to get it checked as soon as you can.

Know the signs:

  • Commonly found on body parts most exposed to the sun
  • Can appear as a pearl coloured lump, or a shiny pale or bright pink area that is slightly scaly to touch
  • May become inflamed and bleed

It is important to regularly keep note of any new or changing moles, freckles or spots on your skin. If you feel suspicious about a new spot, you should seek a professional assessment from one of our doctors.

A skin cancer clinic you can rely on

Here at Infinity Health Green Square, our doctors can perform a comprehensive skin check and assess any lesions that you feel may be of concern. They perform the skin cancer check with diagnostic equipment in our clinic and techniques that can examine a lesion beyond the naked eye. During your examination, we will factor in potential risks, such as family history, to help you understand your personal risk factors for skin cancer.

It’s recommended that you have these examinations annually at a skin cancer clinic, or earlier if you have any concerns. Building continuous and trusting relationships with our patients is an integral part of providing the best possible care and outcome, and will aid us with early detection in your skin check. If there is a need for further examination, we can facilitate a referral to a dermatologist or specialist who can treat more complex skin cancers.

Get your spots and moles checked at our skin cancer clinic

We are located close to Kensington, Surry Hills and Waterloo in Zetland so you can get your skin cancer checks at your convenience. To book your annual skin check, get in touch with us today by calling 02 8252 6599 or booking online.