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Preparing for your skin check at the skin doctor

A skin specialist taking notes on family history of skin cancer for treating skin cancer

Please follow these simple instructions to get the most out of your skin check appointment. You will receive a reminder 2 days before your appointment. Please confirm your appointment when the reminder is sent. If you need to reschedule your appointment, please call the clinic on 8373 4648 at least 24 hours before the appointment … Read more

Services and Fees

A skin specialist looking for spots of skin cancer in a skin cancer clinic in Melbourne

We have 2 types of appointments available, a Full Skin Check and a Short Skin Review. We have doctors working in skin cancer medicine that can conduct a thorough skin check of your moles and sunspots for you. Please advise reception if you want a full skin check or a skin review, as our skin … Read more

Efudix

Efudix is a medical ointment to treat solar keratosis

Efudix (Efudex – the American spelling, 5-Flurouracil) Efudix is a cream used commonly to treat Actinic Keratosis (Solar Keratosis, precancer) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma in situ (SCC in Situ, Bowen’s disease) in Australia. It stops an enzyme called thymidylate synthetase from working. This basically stops DNA from being made. This kills cells which are dividing … Read more

Everything you need to know about Sunscreen

A woman applying sunscreen to protect herself from harmful UV radiations to prevent the risk of skin cancer

https://youtu.be/_YWtZO24h6I Why use sunscreen? ​The radiation (“light”) from the sun contains many different parts. Some of this light is visible. These are the colours we see. Much of the light from the sun our eyes cannot see. Some of this light is called “ultraviolet radiation”. Ultraviolet radiation causes harm to us in a couple of … Read more

Skin Cancer Treatment

A skin specialist looking for spots of skin cancer in a skin cancer clinic in Melbourne

Treatment at the Skin Doctor You will be asked about your personal history and family history with skin cancers, your occupational history, any previous excisions, history of sun exposure and frequency of sun protection. In order to examine you carefully, we will need to expose as much skin as possible. The rooms are set to … Read more

Melanoma

A spot showing melanoma skin cancer in skin

In 2016 it is estimated that 13,283 were diagnosed with melanoma, in addition to the nearly 50,000 people who currently live with melanoma in Australia. canceraustralia.gov.au  Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world, a probable “perfect storm” of a sunburnt country, a population mostly descended from northern Europe, and previous degradation of … Read more

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

A spot showing Squamous Cell Carcinoma in skin

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer. In general is rare for SCC to spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). It is mostly found on areas of the skin with most sun exposure (head, neck, hands, forearms, and lower legs) It generally grows faster than BCC (Basal Cell … Read more

Actinic Keratosis (Solar Keratosis)

A spot of Solar Keratosis on skin

Actinic Keratosis is a precancerous skin condition, mainly towards a type of cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). It is of course also a marker of heavy sun damage – and heavy sun exposure and damage increase our risk of all skin cancers including melanoma. The risk of individual AK lesions becoming an SCC is … Read more

Basal Cell Carcinoma

A spot of Basal Cell Carcinoma in skin

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer (70% of all skin cancer) and the most common cancer in humans. Luckily it is also the gentlest, and in most cases, simple surgical removal with an appropriate margin of normal skin will result in a complete cure. It is extremely rare for BCC … Read more

What are the risk factors for skin cancer?

A smiling woman in a beach with many face freckles is in a high risk for melanoma, a type of skin cancer

High Risk (3 monthly self-examination and 12 monthly skin check with doctor) Red hair Type 1 skin and age greater than 45 years Type 2 skin and age greater than 65 years Family history of melanoma in a first degree relative in patients aged over 15 years More than 100 naevi (birthmarks, beauty marks) or … Read more