Skin Cancer Clinic – Sydney CBD & Around NSW
“1 in 16 people in NSW in 2012 will be diagnosed with Melanoma by the age of 85″*
SunDoctors Skin Cancer Clinics operates an expanding network of clinics in Sydney and New South Wales. We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Our clinics are staffed by highly trained medical professionals and supported by specialist diagnostic pathology services. Skin conditions are our specialty.
The Importance of Skin Checks in Australia
It’s well known that the sun’s UV index is strong in Australia, and for Australians who live in Sydney, it is important to keep an eye on your skin. Sun exposure is the cause of around 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 95% of melanomas in Australia. Knowing that there is a skin cancer clinic near you is important for the quick treatment of skin cancer. In Sydney, we have several cancer clinic locations where you can book regular skin cancer checks as a preventative method. Book your skin check with us at a skin cancer clinic in Sydney CBD or surrounds for the detection and treatment of any skin cancers, as our staff performs skin checks and treatments using our specialised diagnostic equipment.
What to look for-the detection of skin cancer
Skin cancer can develop in both sun-exposed or non-exposed areas of your skin. There are a few markers you can look for or use as identifiers for skin cancer checks, commonly known as the ABCDE’s of melanoma.
- Asymmetry. Most skin cancer is asymmetrical. If you draw a line through the middle of the lesion, the two halves are different.
- Border. Skin cancer borders tend to be uneven and may have scalloped or notched edges, while common moles tend to have a more regular, smooth edge.
- Colour. Multiple colours on a mole or lesion are a warning sign. General moles are usually a single shade of brown, but one that’s developed into a skin cancer may have different shades of tan, brown or black.
- Diameter or Dark. While it’s ideal to detect skin cancer when it’s small, it’s a warning sign if a lesion is the size of a pencil eraser (about 6 mm) or larger. Some experts say it is also important to look for skin lesions, no matter what size, that is darker than others. In rare cases, there are amelanotic melanomas which are colorless skin cancers.
- Evolving. Any change in size, shape, color, or elevation of a spot on your skin, or any new symptom in it, such as bleeding, itching or crusting, may be a warning sign of the development of skin cancer.
Types of skin cancer
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (bcc) – This is the most common but least dangerous form of skin cancer. It is slow-growing and usually found on the upper body, head, and neck. It may appear as a lump or dry, scaly area. A basal cell carcinoma can be red, pale or pearly in colour. As it grows, it may ulcerate or appear like a sore that does not heal properly.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (scc) – This type of skin cancer is not as dangerous as melanoma but may spread to other parts of the body if not treated. It grows over some months and appears on skin regularly exposed to the sun. A squamous cell carcinoma can be a thickened, red, scaly spot that may bleed easily, crust or ulcerate.
How our skin specialists can help you
Our skin clinics are designed for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer, all in one location. A skin check at our skin cancer clinic for our patients is generally completed in a fifteen-minute session and is a simple, non-invasive process. Our doctors have on-site, specialised equipment that they use for skin mapping, skin biopsy, and for the successful treatment of any findings that they encounter during your skin check. Contact us to book your skin check today.
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