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Full Body Skin Cancer/Mole Checks at CBD Doctors Melbourne

Full Body Skin Cancer/Mole Checks at CBD Doctors Melbourne

 

Melanoma is the most common skin cancer in people aged between 15 and 25 years old.

At the CBD Doctors Melbourne we provide whole body skin/mole checks in order to both detect skin cancers and follow up spots that may potentially transform into cancer.

Our skin checks are completed by an experienced doctor who will take a thorough patient history, inspect the whole body from head to toe, review all lesions and take an enlarged digital image of any moles or lesions that are of interest. These images are taken using a high-resolution digital camera with a dermatoscope attached.

Images are then sent to a dermatologist from MoleMap by Dermatologists, who analyses these images in order to make a likely diagnosis.  These results are discussed during a review appointment with your doctor, during which you will be provided with a copy of your own skin check report.  You will be advised of any suspicious lesions and whether it is necessary for them to be removed.  Most lesion removals can be performed at CBD Doctors Melbourne in our treatment Room.

 

Skin cancer: The Facts

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia and New Zealand.

In fact it represents 81 % of all new cancers diagnosed in Australia annually, with 60 % of individuals developing some sort of skin cancer during their life time.

Skin cancer typically falls into two different categories:

 

Melanocytic- with pigment- grow quickly and metastasize quickly

Non-melanocytic- without pigment- tend to grow slowly and metastasize slowly (SCC and BCC)

 

There are also skin cancers that “break rules”: amelanocytic melanoma and pigmented BCC that look and behave differently to the more common types.

433,000 non-melanoma and 10,300 melanomas are diagnosed in Australia every year.  1,400 people will die of melanoma skin cancers, while 400 people will succumb to non-melanoma cancer annually.

 

Skin cancer: Risk Factors and how to stay protected

Risk factors for skin cancer

  • Previous history of skin cancer
  • Large number of moles
  • Skin types that burn easily
  • History of sunburns
  • Spending a lot of time outdoor unprotected
  • Sun-tan, use or have used solarium or sunlamps
  • Working outdoors

 

It is vitally important to protect yourself from the sun with:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Protective clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Avoiding exposure to the sun between 10 am – 4 pm

 

We also need to be aware of the UV radiation index, any index more than 3 should prompt us to apply sun protection. When we are choosing sunscreen the best protection is with those with sun protection factor 30+ and over, preferably 50+

If you are concerned about your moles or if you recognize that you may have risk factors for skin cancer – please make a Skin Cancer Mole Check appointment at CBD Doctors Melbourne today.

 

MoleMap Scope of Service

Sources:

https:///www.cancer.org.au

https://www.sunsmart.com.au/protect-your-skin

https://molemap.net.au

 

 

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