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SunDoctors Skin Cancer Clinics are proud to be part of the Gold Coast community, offering a dedicated centre for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Our clinics are staffed by medical professionals with top-tier training in skin cancer medicine and care. They are supported by diagnostic pathology services, ensuring that the residents of the Gold Coast have access to world-class skin cancer care. No matter what your skin is facing, we're here to help.
Given the Gold Coast's year-round sun and high UV exposure, it becomes even more critical for residents to be proactive about their skin health. Sun exposure, intensified by the area's high UV levels, is attributed to roughly 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 95% of melanoma cases in Australia. Having a trusted skin cancer clinic local to the Gold Coast isn't just a convenience, it's a lifeline.
Consider booking a full-body skin check with us. It is a preventative method aimed at early skin cancer detection and treatment. A visit to our clinic is swift and non-invasive. Our doctors conduct comprehensive skin cancer examinations, vigilantly searching for any concerning warning signs. Reach out today and schedule your next skin check.
Both sun-exposed and sun-sheltered areas of the skin are vulnerable to skin cancer. There are key indicators that everyone, especially sun-soaked Gold Coast residents, should be familiar with. Frequent skin checks are strongly encouraged due to the Gold Coast's high UV exposure, elevating your risk factors. You can perform regular checks at home using the ABCDE skin assessment.
- Asymmetry: A typical sign of skin cancer is asymmetry. If you draw a line through the middle of the lesion, and the two halves don't mirror each other, it can be a sign you need further assessment from a professional.
- Border: The borders of skin cancers like melanoma can be jagged. They may appear scalloped or notched, unlike regular moles that present smoother edges.
- Colour: A mole exhibiting varied shades — from tan to brown, black, or even other atypical colours — is alarming. While standard moles usually retain a consistent brown hue, a dysplastic mole might manifest in multiple shades.
- Diameter or Dark: A lesion that grows to the size of a pencil eraser (roughly 6mm) or more should not be overlooked. Also, any skin lesion that's notably darker than others, irrespective of its size, demands closer attention. In rare instances, there are also amelanotic melanomas, which are skin cancers that are devoid of colour.
- Evolving: Any evolution in the size, colour, shape, or elevation of a spot on your skin, especially any new symptoms like bleeding, itching, or crusting, is a major red flag.
While self-examinations and mole checks can be performed at home by monitoring any changes, it's critical to understand that these checks cannot substitute a professional skin examination by a skin doctor.
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
This is the most frequently diagnosed skin cancer among Australians, especially in sun-soaked regions like the Gold Coast. Basal cell carcinomas are the least dangerous of the big three types of skin cancer, and their growth is gradual, primarily surfacing on the face, head, and neck. It may manifest as a pale, red, or pearly lump or even a dry, scaly patch. As the BCC progresses, it might ulcerate, resembling a persistent sore that refuses to heal.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Regularly seen on areas of the skin that are prone to sun exposure, squamous cell carcinoma has the potential to spread to other parts of the body if left unchecked. While less dangerous than melanoma, it still poses a larger risk than basal cell carcinoma. Characteristics of SCC include a thickened red and scaly spot that can be susceptible to bleeding, crusting, or ulceration.
While less common than both BCC and SCC, melanoma is particularly treacherous due to its potential to spread rapidly throughout the body. It often emerges from an existing mole or may look like a new dark spot on the skin. Changes in size, elevation, or even sensations like itching can be indicative of melanoma in evolution. Immediate consultation with a skin doctor is crucial if any such signs are noticed.
Understanding these skin cancers and their signs and getting regular skin checks is vital for early detection and effective treatment.
At our Gold Coast skin check clinics, we've created a comfortable and safe environment for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer. In a brief 15-minute session at our dedicated skin cancer clinic, patients can undergo a comprehensive skin check, offering a straightforward, non-invasive experience to give them peace of mind. Our doctors are equipped with state-of-the-art tools and expertise, enabling them to effectively conduct skin checks, biopsies, and excisions. Early detection and professional care are just a phone call away. Reach out today and schedule your next skin check with us.
It is crucial to be proactive about your skin's health, especially when staying on the sun-soaked Gold Coast. If you find yourself concerned about potential skin cancer warning signs, we urge you not to delay. Early detection can make a significant difference in treatment outcomes. Let our experienced doctors give you the clarity and peace of mind you deserve. Reach out to us today for a comprehensive examination tailored to your needs. Your skin's health is important, and we're here to help every step of the way.