Skin cancer checks
Skin cancer occurs when the skin cells get damaged. This can happen due to different factors including overexposure to the sun’s UV rays. Citydoc provides a very convenient one-stop-shop for all types of skin checks and other related procedures. We use the very latest digital technology that is best to examine skin spots and we also have the facility to store these reports that can be used for any further comparison. If you are wondering why skin cancer checks are necessary, take a look at some statistics:
Each year, in Australia:
Skin cancers account for almost 80 percent of all newly-diagnosed cancers
GPs have in excess of 1 million patient consultations every year for skin cancer
Between 95 & 99% of skin cancers are also caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays
Skin cancer is one of the highest occurring cancers in the world, 2-3 times the rates that exist in Canada, the United States & the UK.
There are 3 primary types of skin cancer:
- Melanoma – this is the most dangerous type of skin cancer
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Basal cell carcinoma
The things to look out for:
- This is the most deadly type of skin cancer
- If it’s left untreated, it can spread to many other parts of the body.
- It appears as an existing spot that changes colour/shape/size or might be a new spot altogether
- Can appear on skin that’s not typically exposed to the sun
- It grows very quickly
- Looks very different from common melanomas; it’s even in colour and is raised
- Many of these spots are either red or pink; some may be brown/ black
- They are quite firm to touch and are dome-shaped
- After some time they start to bleed and crust
- Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma
Its the commonest & the least dangerous skin cancer
Might ulcerate/fail to completely heal
Pearly/red/pale/ colour; it shows up as a lump/dry, scaly area.
Grows very slowly, typically on areas that are exposed to the sun’s rays
Squamous cell carcinoma
A thickened & red scaly spot that might bleed easily/crust/ ulcerate.
Grows over a period of some months, typically on the areas that are exposed to the sun’s rays
It’s more likely to occur in individuals who are over 50 years of age
When it comes to cancer checks, most people come to the clinic when they notice some of these signs that won’t go away and are persistent. This also means, the sooner it’s detected, the quicker it can be treated. You can get additional information about all the different types of skin cancer atwww.cancer.org.au or in the following PDF Smart Skin Cancer
At Citydoc, we have expert doctors that are highly trained in the assessment & the treatment of different types of skin cancers. If you have noticed any spots or blemishes, please make an appointment without delay.