Skin Cancer Clinic in Brisbane & Across QLD
“One in 13 Queenslanders will be diagnosed with melanoma before age 85.”*
SunDoctors Skin Cancer Clinics operates an expanding network of clinics in Brisbane. We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Our locations are staffed by highly trained medical professionals and supported by specialist diagnostic pathology services.
Australia’s sun and the importance of regular skin checks
Skin cancer is extremely common in Australia due to our harsh sun and exposure to UV rays. This means Australians who live in Brisbane must be vigilant about their 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 doctor at a skin cancer clinic near you is important for the early detection and quick treatment of skin cancer. In Brisbane, we have several cancer clinic locations where patients can book regular skin cancer checks with a doctor as a preventative method to skin damage and skin cancer surgery. Book your skin check with us at a skin cancer clinic in Brisbane CBD or surrounds for the detection and treatment of any skin cancer, as our doctors who specialise in skin cancer medicine can perform mole checks and treatments using our specialised diagnostic equipment.
Skin cancer detection
Skin cancer can develop in both sun-exposed or non-exposed areas of your skin. There are a few indicators you can watch for, to alert you to the need to see a skin doctor at our clinic. They are 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 are 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 carcinoma 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 surface areas regularly exposed to the sun. A squamous cell carcinoma can be a thickened, red, scaly spot that may bleed easily, crust or ulcerate.
Treatment of skin cancers
The chance of developing sunspots and cancers in Queensland is high. When you have been seen by our skin cancer doctors, and if you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, we can treat you on site. We have several surgical and non-surgical treatment options for our patients if they have a skin lesion.
Booking your skin check consultation
Our skin clinic is designed for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of various skin cancer treatments, all in one location. A mole 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 world-leading team of doctors has on-site, specialised equipment that they use for skin mapping, biopsy, and for the successful treatment of any findings that they encounter during your skin check. Contact us to book your mole check today.
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