Here at The Clinic, one of our specialities is in skin cancer screening. We have a clinic and machinery specifically dedicated to skin checks for early detection. We believe in being proactive about all aspects of health, and with living in Australia, skin cancer screening and at home mole checks should be part of our regular routine.
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions regarding skin cancer screening:
How do you screen for skin cancer at The Clinic?
As part of our Skin Cancer Clinic, we have the Fotofinder. The Fotofinder is a sophisticated piece of medical machinery that scans the entirety of your skin, leaving no stone unturned. Learn more about our Fotofinder in this article.
What are the types of skin cancer?
The three most common types of skin cancer are:
Squamous cell carcinoma
Basal cell cancer
Is melanoma treatable?
Melanoma is perhaps the most widely known skin cancer; This may be because it’s the most serious. To avoid developing melanoma, it’s important that we take steps to limit our exposure to UV radiation and partake in regular skin cancer checks.
Melanoma can be treated, but it is a very serious form of cancer. The rate of treatment success is linked with the earlier the presence of cancer is detected. Read our article for helpful tips on how to reduce your risk of developing melanoma and common risk factors.
What causes skin cancer? Can I get cancer from sunburn?
Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancers. However, other factors, such as a family history of melanoma, can put you at a higher risk.
Take measures to protect yourself from the sun, particularly when the UV index is high.
Is early detection important for treatment?
There are different severities of skin cancer. If detected early, it is very treatable. So, yes, we believe that early detection is an essential step in the treatment of skin cancer.
Do I need to visit a doctor or can I just do mole checks at home?
You don’t need to visit your doctor often, though we do recommend a total skin check at least once a year. In the meantime, do monthly mole checks. Read this article for our guide on what to look out for. Also, you can ask your doctor how to perform an at-home mole check.
Remember to get someone to check moles that you can’t see yourself. Pay attention to your existing moles to detect any changes, and visit a doctor if new moles appear or existing moles change.
If you would like to book an appointment with our skin cancer clinic, please contact us on 9741 1200 or schedule an appointment online.