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.
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.
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 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.
To make an online booking, simply visit the Skin Cancer Clinic booking page.
Doctors at Total GP Care
There are a number of friendly male and female doctors providing services at TGPC with extensive experience in general practice.View Doctors
Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL)
Total GP Care are AGPAL Accredited. The practice is accredited with AGPAL 4th Edition Standards. Patients, carers, referral network providers can be assured of high quality patient care and health services. AGPAL is the leading provider of national general practice accreditation which assesses and measures standards of delivering safe and quality health care developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).