Skin Cancer Checks

Sunspots and sun damage skin can be treated early to prevent skin cancers.

There are three major types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Most often skin cancers develop on skin exposed to the sun, and can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. By limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays you can reduce your risk of skin cancer. Early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for highly successful skin cancer treatment.

Of the three main types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most aggressive and accounts for approximately 75% of all skin cancer related deaths. The early phase of malignant melanoma can be particularly difficult to identify since malignant melanomas of the skin can share many clinical features with atypical birthmarks, moles, or other benign skin lesions. All lesions excised at Shakespeare Medical Centre are sent to a skilled pathologist for evaluation with examination of the lesion under a microscope for diagnosis.

Once a diagnosis has been reached, whether by histopathology or from Dr Goldston's many years of experience dealing with all types of skin cancers, treatment options are discussed with the patient, and risks and benefits of each option clearly outlined. All skin check enquiries require an intital consultation with Dr Goldston and this consultant in partially rebateable with medicare.

Shakespeare Medical Centre implements a best practice policy and uses the latest techniques and modalities to bring about the optimum health and cosmetic outcome for our patients.

For more information, please call (07) 4953 0233