Skin Cancer Clinic Adelaide, SA
“26 South Australians are diagnosed with cancer every day. The most commonly diagnosed cancers in South Australia in 2013 in males were prostate, colorectal, melanoma and lung cancers.”*
SunDoctors Skin Cancer Clinics operates an expanding network of clinics in Adelaide. 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 Checking Services in Australia
Australia’s sun is strong with a high UV index, so for Australians who live in Adelaide, it is especially important to keep an eye on your skin health. Sun exposure is the main cause of skin cancer with 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. We have a clinic located in Adelaide where our patients can book regular skin cancer checks as a preventative method.
Contact us to book your skin check services with us at our Adelaide skin cancer clinic for the detection and treatment of any skin cancers, as our staff performs skin checks and treatments. We encourage our new patients to go to the cancer council webpage for the latest information and facts, as the cancer council is one of the leading authorities in this area.
What to look for-the detection of skin cancer
Skin cancer can develop in both sun-exposed and 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. These at-home, early detection methods can alert you to the need for a screening appointment with us, for the proper diagnosis and treatment options and safety for melanoma at our Adelaide skin cancer clinic.
- 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 are a warning sign. General moles are usually 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 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 colourless skin cancers.
- Evolving. Any change in size, shape, colour, 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.
Types of skin cancer
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (bcc) – This is the most common but least dangerous form of skin cancer. Bcc or basal cell carcinomas are slow-growing and usually found on the upper body, head, and neck. It may appear as a lump or dry, scaly area. A bcc 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 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.
How our skin specialist service can help you
Our skin clinic is designed for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer treatments for all our regular and new patients. A skin check screening at our clinic is generally completed in a fifteen-minute consultation and is a simple, non-invasive process. Our doctors perform skin mapping and skin biopsies for the successful treatment of any findings during your mole checks. If you need skin cancer surgery, our team will refer your patient information directly and immediately. Contact us to book an appointment for the early detection of skin cancers today with our team or you can book online for your service.
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