SKIN CANCER SCREENING CHECKS IN MELBOURNE

Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world. More than 11,500 Australian men and women are diagnosed with a melanoma each year, and an estimated
434,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers. Skin cancer accounts for over 80% of all new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia
each year. Luckily, skin cancer is almost entirely preventable and if detected early, most skin cancers are successfully treated.


IDENTIFY CHANGES

It is recommended by the Cancer Council of Australia that you become familiar with the look of your skin so you can pick up any changes. These changes are difficult to assess, so having your skin checked regularly by a skin cancer trained doctor may assist in identifying any suspicious lesions.


YOU HAVE SIGNS

If you currently have signs that are of concern, having a skin check immediately can assist in early detection of possible skin cancer or simply put your mind at ease that you have nothing to worry about.

Signs to look out for include:-

  • any crusty, non-healing sores
  • small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour
  • new spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months.

YOU CANT SEE EVERYTHING

Having a full body skin check means you can screen key areas of your body that you don’t necessarily have easy visual access to – for example your back.


DELVE DEEPER

By using the latest high resolution digital dermoscopy equipment we can view structures below the surface of the skin that are invisible to the naked eye. This can help in the early detection of possible skin cancers.

Our MOLEMAX HD system, used by experienced and skin cancer-trained doctors, is one the best methods for diagnosis of melanomas of any skin cancer clinics in Melbourne, and helps avoid unnecessary surgery.


THE FACTS

  • Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • More than 11,500 Australian men and women are diagnosed with a melanoma each year, and an estimated 434,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers.
  • Skin cancer accounts for over 80% of all new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia each year.
  • More than 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year.
  • Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
  • The incidence of treatments for basal and squamous cell carcinomas is more than five times the incidence of all other cancers combined. Medicare records show there were over 900,000 treatments for squamous and basal cell carcinoma skin cancers in 2016 – that’s more than 2,500 skin cancer treatments every day.
  • Basal and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers accounted for one quarter of all cancer-related hospitalisations in 2014–15.