Two out of three Australians will develop skin cancer. Australians have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world and out of all the states; Queensland has the highest rates in the country. Our practice incorporates the most modern technology and the Molemax computer for assessment.
Skin cancer is an almost totally preventable form of cancer; 95 per cent of skin cancers are treatable if they are detected early. Regular checks of your skin should detect any suspicious moles or spots as soon as they develop.
Melanoma is a disease of the skin in which cancer cells are found in the cells that colour the skin. While this cancer is usually found in adults, it is occasionally found in younger people. You should see your doctor if you have any of the following warning signs of melanoma: change in the size, shape, or colour of a mole; oozing or bleeding from a mole; or a mole that feels itchy, hard, lumpy, swollen, or tender to the touch. Melanoma can also appear on the body as a new mole. If you have been treated for skin cancer before it is a good idea to have your skin checked by your doctor on a regular basis.
Screening the body for melanoma can potentially lead to earlier diagnosis, thinner tumours and less chance of death from the cancer. If you want to have your skin checked, our other practice Golden Beach Medical Centre has a dedicated Skin Check Clinic. The doctor’s will have access to your full history here at Pelican Waters Family Doctors and can provide follow up care.
We have multiple doctors with a special interest in skin cancer ensuring professional & dependable service. Please phone Golden Beach Medical Centre on 5492 1044 to arrange an appointment.