OUR SKIN CLINIC

The features of our clinic:

  • Purpose-built Skin Cancer Clinic fitted out in 2018
  • Relaxing ambience
  • Set up for Privacy
  • Walk-around Mole Scanner
  • Private Billing
  • full online Booking

OUR SERVICE

The aims of our service:

  • Early Detection of skin cancer is our speciality.
  • Biopsy ‘on the spot’ after discussion of provisional diagnoses.
  • Inform you about your skin
  • Name the harmless lesions that you have!
  • Give you advice about skin cancer prevention.

THE SKIN CANCER DOCTOR

Dr Richard Beatty:

  • Has three Skin diplomas, 2 distinctions, 1 prize, 1 Scholarship
  • Has worked in the field of skin cancer medicine for six years.
  • Refreshes and updates skills on a regular basis.
  • Audits his results through SNP Pathology.
  • Founded South East Skin Clinic.

DO I NEED A SKIN CHECK?

Early detection of skin cancer is clearly ‘a good thing’ because treatment of small or superficial skin cancer is generally quick, cheap, resulting in  optimal cosmetic outcome.

Furthermore, regular skin examinations save lives. The SCREEN project in Germany involved just over 320,000 skin checks over a one year period. Death from skin cancer fell by half over a five year period. Skin cancer is far more common in South East Queensland where a routine skin check should be as routine as a visit to the dentist.

A skin cancer check requires the use of a specialised instrument called a Dermatoscope that allows the doctor to detect skin cancers that may be invisible to the naked eye. The most compelling reason to get a routine skin check is that 60% of skin cancers diagnosed at a routine skin check go unnoticed by the patient.

THE SKIN CHECK

A full skin check will take 10-25 minutes depending on the complexity of your skin. Your privacy is assured throughout the skin examination with the use of a privacy curtain and drape.

The handheld device allows each lesion to be initially categorised as follows:

  • Harmless – move onto the next lesion.
  • Definitely a skin cancer – this will need treatment.
  • Might be a skin cancer – the doctor further examines with the ‘mole machine’ (digital dermoscopy).
  • Very unlikely to be a concern – the lesion may be re-photographed with digital dermoscopy a few months later.

MOLE SCANNING

Dermoscopy is medical parlance for ‘mole scanning.’ Australians are familiar with the small handheld device that looks like a magnifying glass with a light. The typical hand-held instrument uses polarised light, allowing the doctor to see into the skin and spot clues that may indicate skin cancer. Over a hundred different structures can be recognised.

A full skin examination is a high-tech game of ‘spot the difference’ where each mole is viewed individually and in comparison to  other moles.

We use three types of mole scanners – a handheld device, larger overview device, and a mole machine.

OUR ‘MOLE MACHINE’

The D120 is a high-end Microderm mole scanner that offers the latest in mole scanning technology.

This device is the ‘Mole Machine‘ (digital dermoscopy) that you expect in a skin cancer clinic, and has these features:

  • Images appear on a live digital monitor, allowing for interactive discussion.
  • Magnification to at least 50 times through special lenses.
  • Links to computer analysis.
  • Mapping of the dermoscopy image to the standard photograph taken.
  • Follow up examination for any changes.

OVERVIEW SKIN SCANNER

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.

An excellent device for finding sunspots.

HANDHELD SKIN SCANNER

You will probably recognise the hand-held mole scanner if you have had a full skin check.

The Schuco DL3 is a great little Dermatoscope that allows the doctor to quickly view a lesion of concern with either contact or non-contact dermoscopy.

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

Regular Checks & Spot Checks

WHO IS MOST AT RISK OF SKIN CANCER?

There are over 50 skin cancer risk factors. You can still enjoy our fine SEQ weather but just be sun-sensible.

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?

There are well known acronyms such as ABCDE.  Dr Beatty developed the HAND algorithm to emphasise the importance of Change:

  • 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

 

Author: Dr Richard Beatty

Last Modified:  19/9/2019

First published: 27/8/2014