Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Skin Cancer Check in Mt Gravatt

Living in Queensland, we have the highest rate of skin cancers in the world so regular skin cancer checks are important. Fortunately, skin cancer checks can help with the prevention and early detection of skin cancers, which is when it is most treatable. Studies show that 2/3 Australians could be at risk of skin cancer, so if you have any concerns of unusual moles,  spots, sores or lumps, then it is advised to get them checked out. Our doctors are skilled in skin examination, taking biopsies and the excision of skin lesions. On top of this, we can manage many skin cancers here at the practice without the need for referral elsewhere. 

Skin Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

If you haven’t had your skin checked lately, we suggest you book an appointment with Dr Paul Colbrook or Dr Brittany Wakefield to perform a  skin cancer check at Mt. Gravatt. 

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Regular skin checks can help prevention of skin cancers

Am I at risk of Skin Cancer?

Living in Queensland means we have an increased risk of skin cancers and melanomas.

We develop more melanomas than any other country in the world, due to  the high exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. We also develop far more  other types of skin cancers and at an earlier age.

This greatly increased risk comes from genetic and lifestyle factors:

• Sun exposure when young
• Sun burn – it can take just 10-15 mins to burn
• Fair skin – especially English, Irish, Scottish and other European skin colouring
• Outdoor sports and recreation – Swimming, Football, Netball, Cricket, Surfing , Fishing, Gardening, Bushwalking
• Outdoor occupations – Tradies, Police, Airport workers,
• Family members with skin cancers
• Family members with melanomas
• Having an increased number of moles
• Sun damaged skin
• Previous skin cancer or melanoma

Melanoma is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the second commonest cause of death in younger Australians.

2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70.

Melanoma kills more people than road accidents.

If you notice any of the following, you should have a skin lesion or mole checked immediately:

  • Changes in a freckle or mole  for example, a change in size, shape, colour or surface texture
  • Moles that develop raised  areas
  • Moles that catch your eye because they look odd or different to other moles
  • The appearance of a new mole on normal skin that is growing.
  • Bleeding and ulceration that does not heal within 4-6 weeks. You may notice blood on a towel or clothing.
  • Tender moles or sores.
  • A pink lump that is raised and growing week to week

To get the most out of your sunscreen:

Many of us relax in winter, but many of us don’t realise that even in the cooler months the UV index is often above 3 – the level we need sun protection. On many days it still gets up over 11 (extreme). Checking the  Bureau of Meteorology website is a great idea – some days the extreme UV starts at 07:30 in the morning.

  1. Cover  up as much as possible.
  2. Use one with SPF 50+
  3. Apply 1 heaped  teaspoon for each arm and leg, 1 for the front, 1 for the back and 1 for the face,ears and neck. This makes 7 teaspoons per full body application.
  4. Apply sunscreen 15 mins  before stepping into the sun as they take time to work.
  5. Re-apply every 2 hours or after swimming.
  6. Stay in the shade but still use plenty of sunscreen. Even even under gazebos, umbrellas and trees we are exposed to the reflected UV radiation. Even the best umbrella would only reduce the UV by half, so without sunscreen we are still at risk of burning.

Don’t miss out on enjoying the summer, new adventures or the sun, take the necessary precautions, and make use of our facilities in Mt. Gravatt for skin cancer checks, to keep your mind at ease.  

We understand it might be a stressful time for you, which is why we offer a very comfortable environment when you come in to meet our specially trained doctors, and coupled with our friendly and courteous service, you are ensured of a hassle-free experience at Reydon Street in Mt. Gravatt. 

If you would like to get a skin cancer check at Mt Gravatt clinic, do give us a call today to make an appointment.