skin check

 Skin check for skin  cancer.

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All these gadgets were invented overseas.
Bcc-to-nose bcc-to-inner-canthus Bcc-to-hand bcc-to-upper-lip-skin early-actinic-keratosis BCC-to-shoulder melanoma-0 superficial-spreading-Melanoma Bcc-to-foot Bcc-to-cheek Bcc-to-back-1 Bcc-close-up scc-to-ear nodular-melanoma-3 melanoma-insitu-4 melanoma-insitu melanoma-0
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basal cell carcinoma close up

Skin cancer diagnosis is now relatively easy.

Thanks to the Skin cancer college of Australia, University of QLD, Sydney university and Drs like Dr Peter Bourne,  Dr Scott Menzie, Dr Cliff Rosendahl and Dr Alan Cameron, Dr  Harald Kittler ( He’s Austrian ) and Dr Ian Mc Coll,…et al.  Australia now has the world class generation of Doctors who can pick skin cancer at a mile away. 

More cancer are missed by not looking.

We know quite a number of people who have died because of melanoma. Most of them would still be alive if their melanoma was not missed. So if you see an ugly duckling mole on your skin  – see you doctor immediately.

Skin cancer examination is so quick and simple. We use big broad bright light and magnification and selected microscopy to examine your skin.  Skin cancer examination takes less than 3 minutes ! May be, 10 minutes if the doctor is still in training and, a lot lot more if the doctor biopsy every anxious lesions. (extra time is needed for undressing & re-dressing )

At our Crown kin cancer clinic, we use our clinical experience together with dermoscopy to do skin checks.

Dermoscopy is a simple method that enables detailed examination of the structure of  skin lesions or moles. It improves the diagnosis of  the vast majority of all skin cancer types without resorting to excessive biopsies– saving you time, unnecessary stress and costs.

Thanks to  Aussies skin cancer doctors, the like of Dr Scott Menzie, Dr Cliff Rosendahl and Dr Alan Cameron, dermatologist-Dr  Harald Kittler ( He’s Austrian ) and Dr Ian Mc Coll,…et al. less Australians are dying from melanomas. 

Micro-photo’s of moles can be taken through these devices for later review if indicated.

There are many eye catching and elaborate skin check or mole check machines available commercially. They are good for the inexperienced . They are not 100% accurate . The ideal person to operate mole photo machine are ones who have good working knowledge of dermoscopy.

Photographic documentation may be of value if you are at  high risk for developing melanoma, i.e. if you have multiple moles and numerous dysplastic neavii ( atypical moles ) where biopsies of them all would be impractical and hence photographic follow up would be better.

skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma
skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma – naked eye and dermoscopic views

Basal cell carcinoma. This is a glaring example of a bcc. The clinico-dermoscopic picture is so obvious that biopsy is unnecessary. On the left is the naked eye image of a bcc and it’s microscopic picture on the right.

melanoma
melanoma – naked eye and dermoscopic views

Melanoma. Both of these lesions look suspicious. The novice would biopsy both. The expert dermoscopist would biopsy the left lesion based on the clinical history and the dermoscopic image. The right lesion is a benign clotted heamangioma- “blood blister”. The lesion on the left is a early stage melanoma.

Venous leg ulcer. Skin cancer look a like.
Venous leg ulcer. Skin cancer look a like.

This patient was told that this lesion was a squamous cell carcinoma, A novice would incline to believe it. On history taking, general skin check and dermoscopic examination, a diagnosis of varicose eczema was made. We treated his varicose veins  by ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and the rash and ulcer resolved.