Skin Cancer Check

This service is offered at the following centre: Total GP Care Prospect.

Our skin cancer services are run by Dr Sameer Mahajan, who is an experienced GP with expertise in skin cancer detection (melanoma, squamous cell cancers, basal cell cancers), biopsies of suspicious lesions and surgical procedures to remove skin cancers.

For patient fees, please view the Fee Schedule for Skin Cancer Clinic.

Did you know?

Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australians, excluding keratinocyte cancers, as data on incidence is not routinely collected. That's why a regular skin cancer check is so important.

Every year, in Australia:

  • Skin cancer accounts for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.
  • The majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun.
  • The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world.

The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.

Sun protection is vital, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer or a higher risk of skin cancer for any other reason.

Skin Checks

To undergo a thorough skin cancer check, you will be asked to undress down to your underwear and lie on an examination bed. We recommend you bring a chaperone, so you feel even more comfortable and at ease.

Using a Dermatoscope, a hand-held visual aid tool, your body is scanned to examine and diagnose moles and lesions. Should the doctor notice something suspicious, a biopsy is usually recommended.

In the meantime, it’s wise to be on the lookout yourself. We recommend you become familiar with the look of your skin, particularly spots and moles, so you pick up any skin changes that might suggest skin cancer.

When performing a skin self-examination, look for:

  • 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 for weeks to months.

Procedures

Many moles and skin lesions are able to be treated within our centre. Our treatment room is equipped to provide minor surgical procedures including:

  • Mole biopsies.
  • Surgical excision of moles and other skin lesions.
  • Cryotherapy of moles and other skin lesions.

These procedures are performed in our sterile, private areas and all surgical instruments are cleaned and sterilised according to the highest Australian industry standards.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a procedure that uses extreme cold (liquid nitrogen) to destroy tissue.

This is used to remove malignant and non-malignant lesions and moles, as well as for the management of warts, some sun damage spots and removal of skin tags.

It is a slightly painful process and may require repeated treatments, however it aims to save the area around the lesions and to reduce the scarring as much as possible.

Contact Us

To make an online booking, simply visit the Skin Cancer Clinic booking page.

If you would like further information about our Skin Cancer Check services, please call us on (08) 8102 0992 or email us via our website enquiry form.

 

 
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