All of our doctors are experienced in skin/mole checks and minor surgical procedures. We use digital imaging to record lesions and moles so we can monitor them over time.
Our doctors 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. Preventative measures can also be offered.
Skin Check Clinic
We are running a Skin Check Clinic every second week at Point Lonsdale Medical Group where 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. These photographs will be entered into your health history and monitored over time.
Why should I have a Skin 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.
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.
Melanoma skin cancer in Australia
The following material has been sourced from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Estimated number of new cases of melanoma skin cancer diagnosed in 2017
13,941 = 8,392 males + 5,549 females
Estimated % of all new cancer cases diagnosed in 2017
Estimated number of deaths from melanoma skin cancer in 2017
1,839 = 1,280 males + 559 females
Estimated % of all deaths from cancer in 2017
Chance of surviving at least 5 years (2009–2013)
People living with melanoma skin cancer at the end of 2012 (diagnosed in the 5 year period 2008 to 2012)