Skin Cancer Clinic
The Lindisfarne Clinic perform comprehensive full body skin cancer checks using a high definition MoleMax digital dermoscopy system. In conjunction with photographic imaging to monitor concerning moles and lesions. The MoleMax system is the most sophisticated digital dermoscopy system available assisting in the early detection of malignant skin lesions.
Australia has one of the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, mainly due to the high Ultra- violet radiation from sunlight. UV radiation cannot be seen or felt, resulting in damage without us realising it.
Contrary to the popular belief that UV levels in Tasmania are low due to the comparatively cooler climate, UV levels in Tasmania is usually in the high to extremely high range throughout the year, even on cloudy days, resulting in higher rates of skin cancer.
Your initial skin check involves detailed examination of all the existing skin spots/ moles and photographing of any suspicious skin lesions using the Molemax HD camera, which is then stored into our system and can be compared for any subtle changes down the track, reducing rate of unnecessary excisions.
Once cancers are identified, we can treat most lesions within the practice. The treatment is variable from being non-surgical or surgery depending on the type of skin cancer. Any surgical procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, ranging from a simple excisions to flaps and skin grafting. Our doctors will advise you about the best possible way to treat your skin cancer.
1. Basal Cell Cancer (BCC) – Most common skin cancer. Can grow in size as well as invade and destroy local tissues. However, does not spread to other parts of the body. Favourable treatment options are available if identified at an early stage.
2. Squamaous Cell Cancer (SCC) – 2nd most common skin cancer. Usually more aggressive than BCCs, and has the potential to metastasize to other parts of the body and become fatal.
3. Melanoma – Highest mortality rate of skin cancer
Our team focusses on delivering safe and high quality service in regards to prevention, early detection and management of skin cancers with the most effective management of skin cancer being early detection and treatment.
Our state of the art procedure room operates in close proximity to our purpose designed consulting room providing patients with access to surgical options outside of a hospital setting if required. This reduces the need for referring to specialists for complex procedures. An array of nonsurgical options for precancerous and cancerous skin lesions are also available. These include cryotherapy (freezing) as well as the use of various creams and gels available.