Dermatology & Skin Cancer Checks
Most skin cancers that are diagnosed and treated early can be cured. Get to know your own skin well. Learn what is normal for you and be alert to any new or changing moles, freckles and spots. If you notice anything new or different, it’s important to seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Finding Them Early
The later skin cancer is detected, the greater the risk of it getting worse. If detected late, some types of skin cancer can enter the blood stream and spread. This is why skin cancer checks are important. Getting skin cancer checks regularly means your doctor can treat skin cancer early, before it invades deeper.
How Often Do I Need a Skin Cancer Check?
How regularly you need a skin cancer check depends on your skin type. Your GP can give you the best advice on how often to get a skin check.
What Are The Options?
If you think you have a suspicious spot, the first step is to talk to your GP. Your GP knows your health history and can:
• Help you understand your personal risk factors for skin cancer
• Examine your skin
• Treat some skin cancers
• Refer you to a specialist
• Provide care you might need, as well as followup
• Provide information on skin cancer prevention
There are a variety of options available at Your Health Griffith including minor surgery or cryotherapy (freezing). For spots that look suspicious, a biopsy can be done to determine whether it is cancerous. You can discuss the most suitable option with your doctor.
Your GP can also recommend you see a specialist for a second opinion or for treatment. Specialist doctors who treat skin cancer include dermatologists (doctors who have completed additional training in skin diseases), plastic surgeons and some general surgeons.
If you would like a consultation with a specialist, keep the following in mind:
• You should have a referral from a GP.
• Before the appointment, ask about fees and how much is covered by Medicare or your private health fund.
• There may be a long waiting list. If your GP is concerned about a spot, they should organise an early appointment.
For further enquiries and appointments, please call Your Health Griffith on (02) 6962 7661