Skin Cancer Prevention

Queensland has the highest rates of skin cancer recorded in the world, therefore sun protection is an important issue to be aware of when living in the sunshine state. Damage from the sun leads to the premature aging of our skin, which in turn can cause wrinkles, pigmentation, age spots, changes in skin texture, and more significantly skin cancer. Therefore, early detection is vital in the management of skin cancer. Every year 500,000 Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer, with 2000 skin cancer related deaths annually. Here at Southside skin we provide routine skin check ups to provide early diagnosis of skin irregularities.

Doctor Scott Horsburgh has 10 years of interest and experience in skin cancer management and with the utilisation of high quality skin analysis equipment he is able to rapidly provide early detection of various skin lesions.

Steps to Skin Cancer Prevention/Management

TIPS ON SUN PROTECTION

SLIP,SLOP,SLAP,SEEK,SLIDE

Slip on a shirt, Slop on Sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek Shade, Slide on sunglasses.

ROUTINE SKIN CHECK

– Book today to have a full body analysis
– Regular skin check are important especially for individuals with increase risk of developing skin cancer such as those with a strong family history, previous detection of skin cancers, lowered immunity.

SKIN SAMPLING

– If a suspicious lesion is detected during a routine skin check the doctor may need to obtain a sample of the tissue to determine if the lesion may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). This type of procedure involves a biopsy which removes a small portion of the lesion to be sent to a lab for diagnosis.

PUNCH BIOPSY – Involves a cylindrical shaped sample of skin ranging from 2 mm to 8 mm in diameter using a circular blade attached to a pen-like device.

SHAVE BIOPSY – involves removing a flat slice of skin from the affected area with a biopsy cutter.

SKIN EXCISION

If the biopsy results detect a skin lesion which requires removal, minor surgical procedures can be conducted here in the clinic. Typical skin lesions that require removal include Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma or Melanoma.

CRYOTHERAPY

Some skin lesions can also be treated using a process known as cryotherapy. Cryotherapy involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze the affected area – preventing cell growth?