Our experienced doctors provide Skin Check Clinics on Wednesdays at PLMG.
The doctor will undertake an extensive skin check to assess for the presence of skin cancer and sun damage, monitor any new or changing lesions, and offer management advice and treatment as required. If suspicious lesions are detected they will either be removed in the clinic or patients may be referred to specialists for excision.
The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the result. Precancerous changes can be identified, photographed and managed to reduce the risk of skin cancer development. Preventative measures can also be offered.
All our GPs have high quality dermatoscopes to closely examine skin lesions and they can also provide general dermatology care including management of dermatitis, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
Please ring reception on 52580888 or book online at pointlonsdalemedicalgroup.com.au
Why should I have a Skin Cancer Check?
Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Australia and accounts for approximately 80% of cancers in Australia.
Melanoma skin cancer was the 4th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2013 and it is estimated that it will remain the 4th most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2017. It is also the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years overall.
In 2017, it is estimated that 13,941 new cases of melanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed in Australia (8,392 males and 5,549 females). It is estimated that the risk of an individual being diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer by their 85th birthday will be 1 in 17 (1 in 13 males and 1 in 23 females).
The greatest risk factor is sun exposure, but genetics, skin type, gender, and other factors also play a role.
It's important to know your own skin and to know what is normal for you so that you will be able to notice any small changes. Skin cancers are rarely painful and are much more likely to be seen than felt. Developing a regular habit of checking your skin for new spots and changes to existing spots, freckles or moles, can save your life.