SKIN CANCER BLOG

Extensive Skin Cancer Blog.

South East Skin Clinic Suite

SKIN CANCER CLINIC

Features of Our Skin Clinic:

  • Brand New Fit out 2018
  • Dedicated Skin Cancer Suites
  • Walk-around Mole Scanner
  • Relaxing ambience
  • Set up for Privacy
  • Overhead Smart TV

The aims of The Skin Cancer Clinic are to:

  • Pick up Skin Cancer as early as possible
  • Aiming to keep biopsy rate to the minimum necessary
  • Help you to spot the early signs of skin cancer
  • Give names to the harmless lesions you have!
  • Advise about prevention of skin cancer

THE SKIN CANCER DOCTOR

Dr Richard Beatty:

  • is a skin cancer information provider to health.gov.au
  • Has three Skin diplomas, 2 distinctions, 1 prize, 1 Scholarship
  • Refreshes and updates his skills on a regular basis.
  • Is passionate about diagnosing skin cancers at the earliest stage possible.

THE SKIN SCAN TECHNOLOGY

LET’S LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SKIN SCANNER.

WHAT IS A MOLE SCAN?

A skin cancer check requires the use of a specialised instrument called a Dermatoscope which uses a special light & lens to allow the doctor to view skin lesions at high magnification.

WHAT IS A MOLE SCANNER?

Many dermatologists and skin cancer doctors use  ‘hand-held’ dermoscopy. This device looks a bit like a magnifying glass with a light.

A typical mole scanner at a skin cancer clinic costs over $25,000. This digital machine is connected to a computer. The mole machine used at South East Skin Clinic has these features:

  • Viewing on a computer or LCD screen in real time.
  • Magnification to at least 50 times through special lenses.
  • Links to dedicated software.
  • Mapping of the dermoscopy image to the macro or overview image.
  • Side-by-side comparison of the images at a follow-up.

A Skin check at South East Skin Clinic utilises a mole machine, an overview scanner and a handheld dermatoscope.

THE MOLE MACHINE

Live Views of your skin onto The monitor.

The microDERM® D120 is a high-end Microderm mole scanner that was bought by the clinic 12 months ago and offers the latest in mole scanning technology.

This device is the ‘Mole Machine‘ that patients expect in a skin cancer clinic.

The system was developed with input from leading Skin Cancer Doctors, ‘with unique skin cancer detection technology.’ High Quality Images are projected onto two screens that are placed on a mobile cart.

Images may be viewed at over 50 times magnification through polarised and non-polarised lenses.

OVERVIEW SKIN SCANNER

The Skin Check typically kicks off with this device.

The Lumio Scanner provides 2 x magnification of the skin through polarised lenses. The 40 LEDs provide a very bright and crisp overview.

The skin check generally kicks off using This scanner to identify discrete lesions that require further examination with the larger Mole Machine.

HANDHELD SKIN SCANNER

Anyone who has asked their GP or dermatologist to check a skin lesion will be familiar with these handheld devices.

Many GPs with an interest in skin cancer use a portable skin scanner.

The Schuco DL3 is a useful hand-held scanner that allows the doctor to quickly view a lesion of concern with either contact or non-contact dermoscopy.

Our Skin Cancer Doctor generally uses The Lumio device & VisioMed Mole Machine . The Schuco portable dermatoscope is used at the skin clinic for the initial examination of some lesions.

Regular Checks & Spot Checks

WHO IS MOST AT RISK OF SKIN CANCER?

There are over 50 skin cancer risk factors. The strongest risks are:

  • Previous frequent sunburn
  • Skin that easily burns
  • Blue Eyes or Red Hair
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • Large number of moles
  • Previous skin cancer
  • Increasing Age

WHEN SHOULD I GET A SPOT CHECKED OUT?

Use HAND to get a mole or spot checked out further by a skin cancer trained doctor. In addition, skin cancers may be Scaly, Sore or tender, Itchy or bleed.

  • Healing: Does not Heal within six weeks
  • Appearance: Change in Size, Shape or Colour
  • New: Most melanoma - and all other skin cancers - are new
  • Different look or feel, or stands out when compared to other lesions

2000

There are over 2000 deaths from skin cancer each year in Australia

Over 800,000

Skin Cancer diagnoses in Australia every year.

13283

Estimated number of New Cases of Melanoma in 2016

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Page Last Modified: 4/11/2018