Early detection saves lives
Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australia, and more people are being diagnosed with it every year.
The good news is that, if detected early, there is approximately a 99% chance of survival as the melanoma can be confined to the skin. Delayed diagnosis, however, may result in the melanoma spreading to other parts of the body. Once this occurs, it becomes a highly aggressive cancer which makes it difficult to treat.
Unfortunately, melanomas don’t present symptoms so the only way to find them is to examine your skin.
A full-body skin check by an accredited skin cancer doctor is the best aid in early diagnosis.
Need a skin check?
Anyone with changing spots, or spots that look very different to others on their body, should have them assessed by an accredited skin cancer doctor as soon as possible.
Even if you are unsure if your spots have changed, it’s worth having a doctor check your skin to ensure nothing’s amiss. If you have a history of sunburn, multiple spots, previous skin cancer, or a family history of melanoma, you are at risk of skin cancer. The same is true if your family has light-coloured skin, even if you yourself have darker skin.
Remember that the damage may have been done when you were young, so just because you don’t get sunburnt anymore doesn’t mean you’re safe from skin cancer.
If you’re concerned about a specific spot, we recommend getting a spot check done by our skin cancer doctors. High resolution digital and microscopic photography enables us to examine the lesion in detail, and create an accurate diagnosis of the risk of skin cancer presented.
Full-body skin check
This is a thorough examination of the body which allows us to create a holistic diagnosis of your skin. Any suspicious lesions are photographed with a specialised device (dermatoscope). These high resolution images can be magnified up to 100x for more detailed examination.
Recommended for more high risk patients, mole mapping is undertaken in conjunction with a full-body skin check. High resolution digital photography of your entire body is taken. This process is repeated 6-12 months later, so that small changes can be identified and assessed for clues to malignancy.
Before and afters
DermEngine is an advanced dermatology software which allows for the earliest possible detection of melanoma and other skin cancers. This technology is used in-house at Bass Coast Skin Doctors.
Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), DermEngine is able to capture high quality dermoscopic imagery, from specific areas of skin to the entire body. The platform enables us to closely document patients’ results and analyse for the risk of skin cancer.