What you should know ! Why is importation for your Health..
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world with two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK
Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
There are three main types of skin cancer:
• Melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer
• Basal cell carcinoma
• Squamous cell carcinoma
Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer via a skin check by the time they are 70. More than 2000 Australians died from skin cancer in 2011.
How Corfield Doctors Could Help…..
Are you worried about a mole on your face? Is it itchy or is a mole keeps growing?
If you worried about sun damaged skin, melanoma, benign skin lesions etc. Pay us a visit !! Friendly , caring staff will be happy to help you …
Did you know that at Corfield Doctors Surgery you can have your skin mole checked?
We are well equipped to carry out skin checks and organise pre -cancer lesions!
We offer Doctors who are passionate about treating skin cancer as well as properly trained to carry out Skin Cancer checks .
State of the art facilities in our surgery and well qualified Doctors can arrange a Skin Cancer Check for you at no extra cost for you!
We can help you understand your personal risk factors such as sun exposure, family history, and adverse life style factors.
We advise how to prevent skin cancers by life style changes.
We use very high quality powerful dermotscopes for Skin check.
We can treat some skin cancers, pre cancer skin lesions at the surgery.
We ensure appropriate follow-up care with efficient recall system.
Skin lesion which cannot be managed in general practice will be referred to a dermatologist or skin cancer clinic for further management.
Screening why is it recommended …..
The sooner a skin cancer or suspicious skin lesion is identified via a skin check and treated the better your chance of avoiding surgery
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 a doctor at our skin cancer clinic about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.
Become familiar with the look of your skin so you are able to pick up any changes that might suggest a skin cancer.
• 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 (especially those dark brown to black, red or blue-black in colour)
Screening involves your doctor performing a detailed skin check and using high resolution imaging equipment and the specialised technique of dermoscopy.
At Corfield Doctors Surgery your Doctor will show you an Image of your suspected lesion and keep it on file for future comparison while maintaining patients confidentiality.
There is a variety of treatment options .
Once we detect a suspicious lesion or if a mole is thought to be severely dysplastic then it is best removed by way of a local excision. This involves a simple procedure which can be conducted at the centre.
If it’s needed extra attention then the Doctors will refer the patient to a Special Skin Clinic or to a Health Professional.