Skin Cancer Check

Our mission is to diagnose skin cancer early. “Early detection may save your life”.

Our skin cancer services are BULK BILLED. These include:

  • Skin cancer consultation & diagnosis;
  • Skin cancer biopsy;
  • Skin cancer surgery;
  • Skin cancer Non-Surgical treatments; and
  • Skin Cancer Laser treatments.
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Why Skin Cancer Check?

Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world. Statistics are alarming.
  • Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70
  • More than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year.
  • Each year 13,134 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.
  • In 2015, 2162 people died from skin cancer in Australia, 1520 from melanoma and 642 from non-melanoma skin cancers.

Early diagnosis is the key to preventing unnecessary death from undiagnosed skin cancers. And they are preventable deaths.

Skin Cancer Check

It is recommended that you have at least annual skin checks by a trained professional.

  • It is a simple 10-minute examination of the entire skin starting from the scalp down to the toes. Trained eyes can pick up abnormal skin lesions very accurately. And the procedure is Bulk Billed.
  • If you are cleared of skin cancer, then the general recommendation is to return in one year for another skin check. If you do have a suspicious lesion that needs clinical monitoring, you will be recommended to return to see Dr. Kim in 3-6 months, depending on the clinical suspicion

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Skin Biopsy

If any of the skin lesions are suspected to be cancerous, a skin biopsy will be performed on the same day. It is a simple 2 minutes procedure where a small sample of the skin is removed. Your skin spot will be numbed with one injection of local anesthesia – it feels like a mosquito bite.
The skin sample is sent to a pathologist to be examined under the microscope.
There is no downtime associated with the skin biopsy. But, you are expected to return to see Dr. Kim in one week to discuss the result.

The Treatment

The diagnosis may be benign or malignant.
  • If benign, no further treatment is needed. You may wish to have it removed anyway if it causes skin irritation or if it is sore. Otherwise, general recommendation is to return for an annual skin check.
  • If the diagnosis is malignant, then the treatment options depend on the type, subtype, and aggressiveness of the skin cancer.

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type.

  • If it is a superficial or nodular subtype, then it can be treated with Laser Skin Cancer Therapy.
  • If it is a morphoeic, sclerosing or infiltrative type, it needs to be surgically excised. 90% of the skin cancers can be removed by Dr. Kim at his clinic. Some more complex cases will be referred to the Skin Cancer Unit.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the next common type.

  • If it is an In-situ subtype, it can be treated with Laser Skin Cancer Therapy.
  • If it is well differentiated or poorly differentiated subtype, it needs to be surgically excised. 90% of the skin cancers can be removed by Dr. Kim at his clinic. Some more complex cases will be referred to the Skin Cancer Unit.

Melanoma is the least common but most deadly. All melanomas need surgical excision.

  • If it is an In-Situ subtype, it can be excised at the Clinic.
  • All other subtypes need a referral to the Melanoma unit. Further investigations and a complex surgery are usually needed.

Follow Up

We recommend:

  • self-skin check every 3 months;
  • annual skin check by a professional;
  • more regular checks if you are a high-risk individual; and
  • regular follow-ups if you had a skin cancer removed as they need to be monitored for potential recurrence.

Prevention

  • Slip – T-shirt
  • Slop – Hat
  • Slap – Suncream

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Our Skin Cancer Clinic is located in Eastwood.

If you have any queries or for an appointment, please contact us at 9411 4880 or SMS 0417 068 518.