Skin Cancer

Over time, our skin ages. We don’t see many of these subtle changes but it’s happening. Also, moles or other skin blemishes change over time – sometimes slowly, sometimes more rapidly, but one thing is for sure, we don’t normally see or detect these changes until it’s too late.


Fact: 2 out of 3 Australians will develop skin cancer

The best thing you can do for your skin's health is keep an eye on it and specifically note and be aware of any changes

Skin Cancer – Am I at risk?

  • Have you noticed - A sore that will not heal?
  • A new mole that looks unusual?
  • A mole that has recently changed colour, size, shape or has started to itch or bleed?
  • Spots or lumps that bleed easily when rubbed?
  • New lumps & bumps (any colour)?
  • Crusty, scaling spots or scabs?

Our Doctors will examine the spots/lesions and depending on the diagnosis may elect to treat it, monitor it or reassure you that it is harmless.

There are 3 main types of Skin Cancer:

Melanoma   

Melanoma

  • Most Serious form of skin cancer
  • Melanoma can quickly spread to others parts of the body
  • When detected in its earliest stages it is almost always curable
  • If not caught melanoma is often fatal!
   Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

  • Usually appear as nodules or red, scaly patches
  • Cure rate as high as 95% if detected and treated early

BCC

 

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

  • Most common least dangerous skin cancer
  • Usually appear as small flesh type bumps or nodules
  • Often found on the head and neck but can occur on other skin areas as well
  • Does not tend to spread to other parts of the body but can spread locally
  • Cure rate as high as 95% if detected and treated early
   Skin Type

Know Your Skin Type

Type 1:  Always burns easily, never tans, extremely sun sensitive.

Type 2: Usually burns, difficulty tanning

Type 3: Sometimes burns, gradually to light brown, minimally sun sensitive.

Type 4: Burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown, minimally sun sensitive.

Type 5: Very rarely burns, tans very easily, not sensitive to sun.

Type 6: Never burns, deeply pigmented, skin not sensitive to sun.