Our dedicated skin doctors have specialised training in skin cancer, and have earned Masters or Fellowship post-graduate degrees or diplomas in Dermatology and Skin Cancer Medicine. They possess advanced surgical skills and are able to perform complicated flaps and grafts should the need arise, using our purpose built theatre.
Skin Cancer detection saves lives. More than 2 out of every 3 Australians will be diagnosed with a skin cancer before the age of 70. Skin Cancers account for approximately 80% of all cancers diagnosed in Australia. Melanoma is the most diagnosed cancer each year for people aged 15-44 years of age (Data from Cancer Council of Victoria).
Full Body Skin Checks performed by our expert Skin Cancer doctors cost only $60 out of pocket, a small investment considering it may save your life. It is far better to detect skin cancer early, as this can avoid extensive and costly surgery at a later stage, which may or may not be curative. So your doctor will recommend annual full-body skin checks or even ones at a lesser interval for this reason.
All lesions of concern are scanned, macroscopically and microscopically, using Dermengine. This system further aids our doctors in making accurate diagnoses, and can prevent unnecessary surgery. You can personally see the microscopic images, discuss the troubling features, even download the images of your moles on your own phone or computer. If surgery is required, and doctor will demonstrate the signs of cancer and discuss the options with you. If a wait and see approach is adopted then scans taken at a latter stage can be compared on this software. This helps detect developing changes and can identify skin cancer in the early stages.
To learn more about our scanning system visit http://www.dermengine.
We recommend Full body Mapping if you have multiple moles, lesions, more than 25. Full Body Mapping performed at regular intervals can be very helpful in alerting your doctor to know which lesions are changing for the worse, and should be removed. Let us take the worry and concern out of your skin moles.
There are three common types of skin cancer, Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). If diagnosed and treated early a large majority of Melanoma, SCC ad BCC can be cured. It is important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you so changes will be quickly noticed.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and may appear without warning. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the skin, even the soles of the feet. Melanoma can spread very quickly and once it penetrates below the surface of the skin it can be deadly. Early detection of Melanoma is therefor paramount in successfully treating the cancer.
CAUSES OF SKIN CANCER
Sunshine and light are good for us and we need it to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D forms in the skin when it is exposed to UV radiation from sunlight. We need Vitamin D to maintain good health, in particular to keep our bones and muscles strong and healthy.
However too much sun can be DANGEROUS!! Overexposure to UV radiation permanently damages the DNA in our skin cells and this damage continues to worsen over time, causing the various skin cancers to form.
HOW CAN I BE CERTAIN?
A melanoma changes its appearance quickly so how do we know when such changes have occurred? A major technological advancement in melanoma detection, the MoleMax© system is now available at Main Street Cosmetic & Skin and may help alleviate your concerns.
Also self skin checking is integral to monitor and potential changes in suspect spots.
As per the Cancer Council Website
The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.
It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.
It’s important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you, so that you notice any changes. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt.
Develop a regular habit of checking your skin for new spots and changes to existing freckles or moles.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR SKIN IN THE MIRROR
Make sure you check your entire body as skin cancers can sometimes occur in parts of the body not exposed to the sun, for example soles of the feet, between fingers and toes and under nails.
Undress completely and make sure you have good light.
Use a mirror to check hard to see spots, like your back and scalp, or get a family member, partner or friend to check it for you.
THESE ARE SOME CHANGES TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN CHECKING YOUR SKIN FOR SIGNS OF ANY CANCER:
- New moles.
- Moles that increases in size.
- An outline of a mole that becomes notched.
- A spot that changes colour from brown to black or is varied.
- A spot that becomes raised or develops a lump within it.
- The surface of a mole becoming rough, scaly or ulcerated.
- Moles that itch or tingle.
- Moles that bleed or weep.
- Spots that look different from the others.