It’s no secret that Australia’s climate is harsher than most. We are exposed to a significant amount of ultraviolet radiation, which is why skin cancer and pre-cancerous growths are so common.
However, most skin cancers that are diagnosed and treated early on, can be overcome. By staying vigilant and informed and seeking assistance in a timely manner, you automatically lower your risks quite significantly.
At epiclinic, we offer routine skin cancer checks and biopsies that will give you a better idea of your risk levels and whether or not treatment is required.
This is the most common type of skin cancer but it’s also the least dangerous. Not only does BCC grow slowly but it’s not known to spread either. When left untreated, BCC can grow into underlying tissue and bone, which is what causes the most damages. This specific type of cancer is particularly dangerous if it forms around the eye area.
This type of skin cancer tends to form on the face, lips and even the ears. In rare cases, it can also spread to internal organs and the lymph nodes. If left untreated, this can turn into a life-threatening form of cancer.
While this is not a common form of skin cancer, it is the most dangerous. If diagnosed early enough, melanoma can be treated. However, if left to its own devices, it can spread and become deadly.
We offer the following services at epiclinic.
During a full body check, we will thoroughly examine your entire body for signs of skin cancer. Your medical history and any specific concerns you might have will also need to be discussed. If we feel that further investigations are necessary, we will discuss the next steps and your potential treatment options with you. Please use this time to ask us any questions you might have.
If skin cancer is suspected, a biopsy will be performed. In the case of non-melanoma skin cancers, only a small biopsy’s required. Suspected melanoma skin cancer requires a slightly larger biopsy. All biopsies are performed by trained medical professionals and only if it’s deemed necessary.
If treatment is required, we work closely with several institutes, including The Melanoma Institute of Australia. We will work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan and explain the process to you. We will also be able to provide you with a referral if you need to see another specialist.
Along with detecting skin cancer, epiclinic can also assist with the removal of pre-cancerous lesions. These lesions are very common and can easily be treated during the early stages. Treatments for these lesions vary and are based on the location, depth and type of lesion. If the cancer is only present on the surface of the skin, only a simple biopsy will be required as this will remove the entire growth.
Lastly, we’re here to help patients learn more about skin cancer and how to stay healthy. If you have any questions or want to learn more about when you should have a lesion checked, schedule a consultation at epiclinic.