Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
Regular monitoring and early detection through skin checks is the best way to treat skin cancer.
If you think you have a suspicious spot or would like to have your skin checked, your first call should be to your general practitioner.
Your regular doctor can perform a thorough skin check and may require you to book a longer consultation. Discuss this with the reception staff or your doctor at your next visit.
Although all doctors at Heritage Medical Practice Wahroonga can manage skin cancer issues, Dr Warada Sapatnekar has a special interest in skin cancer management.
What is Skin Cancer?
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before the age of 70.
Skin cancer is the out-of-control growth of abnormal skin cells in the outermost skin layer. It is typically caused by overexposure to UV radiation, which can change the structure and behaviour of the cells.
Skin cancers don't all look the same, but here are some signs to look out for:
Why get a Skin Check?
By protecting your skin from the sun, you can greatly reduce the risk of getting skin cancer. Another way is through regular skin checks, which aims to detect skin cancers at the earliest stage when they can be successfully treated.
Our highly trained doctors can provide a thorough skin check. This is often done by using a dermatoscope. A dermatoscope is a hand held microscope that can detect early changes of skin cancer which are not visible to the unaided eye.
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