ROSEBUD SKIN CANCER CENTRE Who is the best person to do skin checks? So you've noticed a suspicious mole on your skin. You think it's changed in size, shape or colour, but you're not sure. Or you might have a worrying spot that is itchy or bleeds a bit. You may just have no idea whether the age spots you have are normal... Should you be doing your own skin check, seeing your G.P, a skin cancer doctor, a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon? There has been a lot of controversy about this and I want to give you some hints. Though it's commonsense that when checking for dubious spots, lesions, freckles or moles, you should check your entire body, evidence suggests that doctors – and those of us who do self-checks – don't. Skin checks must be with only underwear on. Many studies have shown that the lesion a patient is concerned about is often not the dangerous one, so presenting with a mole/ sore that concerns you is not enough. Also you can’t see your back where most melanomas occur. Purpose built rooms with adequate lighting and photography for monitoring is also desirable. It may help to ask if the skin cancer doctor or GP you are seeing has had additional training in dermoscopy - a way of assessing moles using a tool called a dermatoscope, which helps visualise features not visible by the naked eye. It is important to understand what training your skin cancer doctor has undertaken. Generally they are GPs, who then go on to study further with the Skin Cancer College of Aust & NZ. To achieve
the fellowship they need to have done 3yrs full time skin cancer medicine before starting the program which generally can take another 3-10 years to complete this qualification. So as long as your practitioner does a full body skin check, has a dermatoscope, adequate lighting and has extra training and experience in skin cancer, you are in the right hands. rosebuskincancercentre.com.au
Rosebud Skin Cancer Centre BULK BILL skin checks for pensioners, healthcare card holders, DVA & over 75’s
Mole mapping available Procedures completed on site No referral needed Mole Mapping is appropriate for people with multiple moles who are therefore at higher risk of melanoma. Mole mapping is the best way to detect new moles and changing moles which cannot be detected by a skin check alone. Using this technique we can pick melanoma up at the earliest stage when they have not invaded the blood, and therefore are curable just by simple excision.
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Experienced professional skin cancer doctors all awarded by the College of Skin Cancer. Dr Sally Shaw, Fellow SCCANZ and Dr Mary Tai Kie, Dip. Dermoscopy and Dip. Of Skin Cancer.
1079 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud Ph: 5986 1600 July 2018
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