Queensland is Australia’s sunny state but with that unfortunately we are at higher risk of developing skin cancer… over 3600 people are diagnosed with melanoma every year in Queensland. An estimated 350000 non – melanoma skin cancers are also treated every year (source: Cancer Council Queensland). Between 95 – 99% of Skin cancers are caused by the damaging UV (ultraviolet) rays of the sun and over sun exposure.
Early detection is vital to successfully treat Melanoma. Early detection also reduces the chances of surgery…. serious Melanoma may cause potential disfigurement and in worse cases even death.
You may talk to our doctor about how to become familiar with the look of your skin and what signs to look for to detect and pick up on changes on your skin…
Things to look for:
- Small pale looking lumps
- Crusty sores that so not seem to heal
- Freckles and moles that change in appearance (shape, thickness, colour) over a period of weeks
If you notice changes you should consult with your doctor and it all starts with a simple skin cancer check. Dr Jeffery can conduct initial skin checks at Oolala Cosmetic & Laser Clinic. In some instances you may re refered further to our sister clinic Surfers Health Medical Centre.
Dr Rachel Adendorff has a Masters Degree in Skin Cancer and also conducts Skin health checks at Surfers Health Medical Centre.
At your consultation, you will receive a skin assessment. If need be our Microderm 30 will be used for skin mole mapping. Lesions will be removed and sent away for biopsy, if required. A follow up consultation is booked with Dr Rachel to go over your results.
If your results detect common skin cancers such as Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Cancer (SCC) or Melanoma, then treatment options will be discussed with you to determine the best way to treat you fast and effectively.
If you are at higher risk to develop further skin cancers, regular check ups will be recommended for you.
It is advisable to look out for any abnormalities in your skin. Please click on the links below to find out more information on what to look for .