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 become familiar with the look of your skin, so you pick up any changes that might suggest a skin cancer. Look for:
- 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.
In addition to self-monitoring, Sunsmart recommend regular checks by your GP as being the best way to screen for early skin cancers.
Our skin clinic GPs use a handheld dermatoscope as used by specialist dermatologists and is the screening tool recommended by the Australian Cancer Network to pick up malignant melanoma and other skin cancers.
We have facilities for biopsy or excision of worrying lesions (whilst this may be done on the day, may require scheduling a further appointment)