Skin cancer screening, treatment and follow-up services, in one central location
All our experienced GPs can perform skin checks in their room or you can book with Dr Roger Halliwell who has state-of-the-art technology and works from our brand new and modern Skin Check room.
Our practice covers all areas of skin cancer from an initial examination right through to treatment, recovery and future prevention.
Take care of your skin so that it can take care of you
Approximately two out of every three Australian’s will receive a skin cancer diagnosis by the time they reach 70-years-old. While the consequences of this condition are potentially devastating; early detection is critical in giving the best possible chance of a full recovery through simple and effective treatments. Skin abnormalities can display themselves in the form of irregular moles, blemishes and skin lesions so many people have obvious warning signs of when to get checked but this isn’t always the case. Often, a melanoma can be underneath the surface of the skin completely invisible to the human eye and warning signs don’t appear until it becomes a serious problem. Prevention through early detection gives each patient a much higher chance of a positive outcome so it’s vital to have your skin checked regularly and thoroughly by a local expert you can trust. Using state-of-the-art imaging and screening, the experts here at Robina Town Skin Cancer Clinic will identify any abnormalities and treat them swiftly and efficiently. In addition to this, we’ll also identify any vulnerable areas which could give cause for concern in the future and provide a follow-up plan to make sure that any future issues are detected in a timely manner to offer the most effective treatment.
SKIN CANCER DIAGNOSIS
SKIN CANCER SCREENING
SKIN CANCER TREATMENT
SKIN CANCER IDENTIFICATION
FOLLOW UP PLANS
BIOPSIES & EXCISIONS
STATE OF THE ART IMAGING
Make your skin a priority
The Gold Coast has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in Queensland so it’s essential that you make your skin a priority. Book an appointment at Robina Town Skin Cancer Clinic Gold Coast today.
Regardless of your age, lifestyle, or physical condition, skin cancer checks should be as integral to your healthcare routine as your regular trip to the dentist. By the time 70% of Australians reach retirement age, whether they’ve spent substantial time in the harsh sunshine or not, they will have received a diagnosis for some form of skin cancer which requires further treatment. In most cases, treating skin cancer is a straightforward medical procedure which causes minimal pain and disruption to the life of the patient. In a few extreme cases, and if left untreated, however, skin cancer can be fatal. With simple treatments often providing a straightforward and effective lifesaving treatment for the various types of skin cancer, this clearly demonstrates, without a doubt, that it’s never too early to take control of the health of your skin. While you might have no signs or symptoms of skin cancer, or you believe those unidentified lumps and bumps to be completely harmless; your skin health is something that should never be left to chance. At Robina Town Medical Centre, we’re committed to providing our patients with a holistic range of skin cancer treatments which are unrivalled in quality. Beginning with a routine skin cancer check, and, if necessary, ending with a post-treatment follow-up plan; our sophisticated range of equipment and treatment options makes sure that our patients receive skin cancer care that is second to none.
Skin Cancer Identification
While a skin cancer might be visible in the form of an abnormal mole, skin tag or blemish; quite often, something more sinister could be lurking well beneath the skin’s outer layer making it impossible for the human eye to detect. At your skin check appointment, your doctor will use a handheld microscope, known as a dermatoscope to identify any abnormalities or irregularities on both the surface and underneath the skin. With a torch-style light attached, a dermatoscope can magnify the skin up to ten times to analyse moles and freckles in greater detail. A dermatoscope will increase visibility enough to identify even the most minute areas of concern that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Photos are taken on an iPad and state of the art imaging is used to look deep into the many layers of skin to gain a full and comprehensive understanding of the skin’s condition. The images are then transferred to the patient’s medical files to allow for continuous observation and monitoring. Robina Town Medical Centre is one of the few Gold Coast surgeries which provides skin checks and takes and stores photographs along with the patient’s medical records. This additional level of service allows future assessment and continuous monitoring for all skin related concerns.
Your doctor will immediately notice if there’s an area of concern and will take a biopsy, most likely there and then. A biopsy involves numbing the affected area and making a small incision in the skin which is sent to a specialised lab for further analysis. A biopsy is often just a preventative measure, but it allows a closer look at the cells to identify not just existing cancer, but also areas where cancer could potentially develop in future. You’ll need to keep the area clean for 24 hours but a biopsy is generally painless and will have minimum impact. In most cases, you’ll get the results via the doctor’s surgery, within a few days.
The results of many biopsies show no cause for concern and are purely a preventative measure. Reception will give you a call to let you know your results and, if necessary, book you in for a follow-up appointment. If cancer is present, your treatment options will be decided based upon the nature of the cancer, your lifestyle, and any existing or previous medical conditions which might be relevant. Having a thorough understanding of your medical history will help prescribe the most suitable treatment to treat the cancer swiftly and effectively.
We provide a range of treatment options and will always choose the one that causes patients the least discomfort while offering them the best possible outcome. In many cases, skin cancers can be removed quickly and with minimal disruption with treatment taking place on-site. There’s a range of treatment options for skin cancer, and the following can be carried out in the surgery:
Cryotherapy is a process where the skin is frozen and the cancer cells destroyed. Liquid nitrogen reaching temperatures of -140 degrees is applied locally killing the cells immediately. Cryotherapy is also used to remove skin tags and warts and is commonly used in skin abnormalities for cosmetic reasons.
Some skin cancers can be treated topically with a cream containing Fluorouracil (5FU). This is a drug used in chemotherapy and works when applied directly to the cancer. Topical treatments generally take a few weeks to get results.
Eyes and sensitive areas
It cancer is present on the eyelids or another sensitive area of the body; a patient might be referred to an offsite plastic surgeon for their treatment. This will avoid the risk of any complications arising from treatment. Further management of the skin cancer will take place at the surgery where appropriate
Curettage is a simple procedure for minor forms of skin cancer. If the cancer doesn’t penetrate too far beneath the surface, it can be scraped away under local anesthetic. The wound will then be sealed which can all be done in-house to cause minimum disruption and inconvenience to the patient.
Skin excisions are generally a simple procedure and remove the skin cancer completely from the body. A small wound will be left behind, and the patient might experience some discomfort, but this is minimal. If the skin cancer requires a more complicated excision, we may refer you to a hospital for your excision. All excisions carried out in the surgery will take place under local anesthetic, and, barring complications, the patient will be able to go home straight from the procedure.
Directly after a patient’s skin cancer procedure, the nurse will provide advice and recommendations on how to manage the wound at home. If stitches are present, a follow up appointment will be made to have these removed, and for a dressing check. Once your skin cancer has been removed, you’ll be required to make a further follow up appointment for regular monitoring of the health of your skin. Our brand new dedicated skin cancer clinic is conveniently located at the Robina Town Medical Centre, making it easier and more convenient than ever for new and existing patients to take their skin health into their own hands. Don’t wait until you notice something is wrong because those signs might never come; call today to book your skin cancer check.