Don’t forget that your moles are still there under your winter clothing!
We are excited to announce the expansion of our skin cancer services. Dr Ono, who has undertaken specialised training in the assessment and management of skin cancer, will be leading our new skin clinic.
Please talk to our friendly receptionists to make an appointment for a comprehensive skin cancer screening. We recommend a full skin cancer screening every 12 months for those over the age of 30 and more if you are at higher risk of skin cancers, e.g.
- A family member with melanoma or other skin cancers.
- If you have had a previous skin cancer.
- If you have red hair, fair skin and blue eyes.
- If you have a lot of moles.
- If you have an outdoor life or occupation.
- History of sunburn and blistering.
Skin Cancer Screening Process
The majority of patients will have a comprehensive head to toe check, which is where the skin is examined with underwear being left on. A more limited examination may be performed if desired by the patient (e.g. exposed areas only, upper half only, or even just a single spot). Privacy is respected at all times and patients may ask for a chaperone to be present if they wish.
To facilitate a thorough examination, we ask for the removal of make-up and nail polish prior to the examination. The skin is examined with bright light and then dermoscopy is performed using a hand held dermatoscope. If need be, we can treat skin cancers and/or abnormal lesions on the spot, either by freezing (cryotherapy), biopsy or surgical excision. Our doctors will also provide advice on general skin care, skin cancer prevention and early detection.