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Living in the sun-drenched state of Queensland significantly raises the likelihood of developing skin cancer. As a result, we take pride in providing comprehensive skin cancer examinations at Paddington Skin. Our practice is conveniently located near Suncorp Stadium, making it easily accessible from Spring Hill, Brisbane CBD and of course Paddington and nearby suburbs. Our skin checks take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
When you visit Paddington Skin for a skin evaluation, we can either examine specific moles you’re worried about or conduct a comprehensive examination. For a full-body assessment, you’ll need to undress and wear a medical gown. Our physician will inspect your entire skin surface and inquire about any moles that concern you.
If a possible skin cancer is discovered, the mole may need to be excised and sent for biopsy testing. The area will be numbed with an injection before removal or biopsy. The sample will then be dispatched to a laboratory. If the test returns positive for skin cancer, our clinic will contact you to discuss further steps and provide guidance on what to do next.
There are 3 primary forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. For more information, read below.
This is the most frequently detected skin cancer during routine skin examinations, accounting for roughly 70% of non-melanoma skin cancers. BCCs are commonly found on the head, neck, face, upper body, and sun-exposed areas.
BCCs may present as a pale, dry, flaky patch, a pearly bump, or a bright pink, shiny spot. BCCs may bleed, become inflamed, or appear to heal before deteriorating once more.
Squamous cell carcinoma constitutes around 30% of non-melanoma skin cancers. These carcinomas tend to proliferate quickly and can metastasise to other body regions, making routine skin evaluations crucial.
SCCs typically manifest as a swiftly enlarging bump, a reddish, flaky spot, or a non-healing sore. They can be confused with a boil and might be sensitive to touch. SCCs are predominantly observed in sun-exposed areas, including the head, face, neck, and extremities.
Melanoma is the rarest but undoubtedly the most severe form of skin cancer. In 2016, roughly 1,700 fatalities were attributed to melanoma, with around 13,000 new instances diagnosed. We recommend frequent skin assessments for those with an elevated melanoma risk.
Melanomas can manifest as alterations in the dimensions, form, or hue of a pre-existing mole or emerge as a novel mole. They may bleed or secrete fluid and can be itchy, firm, inflamed, or sensitive to touch.
Skin cancer is a serious issue. To comprehend the importance of routine skin cancer evaluations, consider these facts to better grasp the risks, impacts, and probability of diagnosis:
Certain individuals are more susceptible to skin cancer than others. The risk factors include:
Brisbane residents are particularly prone to skin cancer due to the city’s year-round sunny climate. Therefore, regardless of whether you have these risk factors, it’s recommended to undergo annual skin examinations.