Skin Cancer Clinic

Services Offered

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.

Skin Cancer

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.

Types of 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

Symptoms of Skin Cancer

  1. Any change in an existing skin spot (this could be a change in size, shape or colour)
  2. Non – healing sores/ulcers
  3. Skin lesion which is painful, bleeds, or itches
  4. Skin lesion which is different from other spots on your skin
  5. New skin lesion after 40 years of age.

Higher risk of skin Cancer

  1. Family history of skin cancer, especially melanoma
  2. Spends significant time outdoors
  3. Someone having multiple moles
  4. Skin burns rather than tans with sun exposure.

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.

Dr Ayush Srivastava

Dr Ayush Srivastava is a friendly and compassionate GP, specialising in the areas of skin cancer and vasectomy. He has been practising as a doctor in Australia for over 10 years and has worked in different surgical specialities in Tasmania, mastering useful surgical skills before moving into general practice, and completing his GP training with James Cook University, Queensland.

He has developed a special interest in skin cancer and has done extensive skin cancer courses in Australia. He is passionate about early skin cancer detection and treatment and has a comprehensive approach for getting the best outcome for his patients. He is experienced and skilled in doing complex skin excisions and procedures, and has been offering skin cancer treatment in the Greater Hobart region for over 5 years.

Qualifications:

  • FRACGP
  • Professional Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine
  • Professional Certificate in Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Advanced Certificate in Skin Cancer Surgery

Dr Latika Verma 

Dr Latika Verma is a passionate and experienced General Practitioner with a special interest in skin cancer. She completed her FRACGP in 2017 from James Cook University, upon which she relocated from Queensland to Hobart. She developed an interest in skin cancer medicine while undertaking her GP training in Queensland and has passionately followed her interest in the field of skin cancer medicine.

Over the past years, she has completed various courses aiming to gain expertise in Skin Cancer Medicine and is dedicated towards the early detection, management and prevention of skin cancers. She has practiced in skin cancer medicine for a number of years developing experience in this field and treats her patients with utmost care and compassion.

Qualifications:

  • FRACGP
  • Professional Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine
  • Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy
  • Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine
Consultations Practice Fee Rebate Out of Pocket
Single Spot Check – up to 4 spots $85.00 $38.75 $46.25
Full Skin Check – Molemax digital system $175 $75.05 $99.95

Do I need a skin check?

At this stage there is no nationwide screening program, such as what’s available for breast, bowel or cervical cancer.  Which is why we recommend that anybody at any stage of life, talk to a GP about skin cancer prevention and surveillance.

What should I wear?

For a full skin examination, you will be asked to undress to your underwear.

What’s involved and how long will it take?

A skin cancer check is an in-depth assessment of the entire skin.  Our doctors use various methods such high definition Molemax imaging offering the best recording, comparing and evaluation of clinical images.  Your Doctor may also use a dermatoscope to view suspicious lesions or spots more closely.  Our doctors are highly skilled, experienced and have had extensive training in the field of skin cancer medicine and surgery

Appointments for a full skin check will take approximately 30 minutes or a short check-up of up to 4 skin lesions, 15 minutes.

What happens after I have had my check?

Your Doctor will decide the most appropriate follow up for you and advise you at the time of your consultation.

Short wait times and ample parking onsite available.

To book an appointment contact the Practice of follow the link below to book your skin check on line.

Contact Information:

Phone: 03 6243 8611

Email: admin@thelindisfarneclinic.com.au

Address: 30 Lincoln Street, Lindisfarne TAS 7015 Australia

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