Skin Cancer Clinics in Melbourne, VIC
“In 2014, 386 Victorians died from skin cancer, 1.5 times the Victorian road toll that year”*
SunDoctors Skin Cancer Clinics operates an expanding network of clinics in Melbourne. We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Our clinics are staffed by highly trained medical professionals, well experienced in performing skin checks and supported by our specialist diagnostic pathology service.
The importance of skin checks in Melbourne
It’s well known that the sun’s UV index is strong in Australia, and for Australians who live in Melbourne, 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. With us, you can find a skin cancer clinic Melbourne and book a regular full-body skin check as a preventative method for the detection and treatment of any skin cancers. Our staff perform skin checks and body mole mapping to check skin cancer concerns and provide skin cancer treatment and care in the identification of melanoma and other types of skin cancer. Book an appointment to see a skin cancer doctor today.
A skin check appointment is non-invasive and doesn’t take very long to complete. One of our doctors is able to quickly and efficiently perform skin cancer check-ups for you, looking for melanoma and any other worrying signs during your skin checks. Our service involves mapping your skin during your skin cancer check appointment and keeping an eye on any changes in your moles. You can contact us to book in your skin cancer check today.
What to look for skin cancer detection
Skin cancers 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. You can observe and perform your own mole check at home by monitoring any changes of moles and looking for these signs, but none of these replace the important need for a professional skin check.
- 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 mole 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. 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 clinic is designed for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer by professional doctors, all in one location. Our doctors are specialised in skin cancer medicine and patient care. A mole check appointment 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 and mole 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 service today.
Clinic Infection Control Measures and Care
We have enhanced our infection control measures for our clinics in Melbourne and surrounding areas to comply with Covid-19 policies, for the protection and care of our patients and staff. Contact us to book an appointment and to see our opening hours as they may have changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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