About Skin Cancers
The great Australian sun means that we have one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world. Two out of three Australians will develop skin cancer by age 70. There are 3 main types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma.
Most skin cancers can be treated and cured if found early. Look for:
- any crusty, non-healing sores
- small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour
- new spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months
References: Cancer Council Australia
Skin Cancer Checks
During a skin check, our experienced GP will perform a thorough, 30-minute whole body skin review. The check involves a detailed review of the whole body using a Dermatoscope (skin microscope) to find abnormal skin changes. For moles that require monitoring, photo images will be taken and recorded in your health record.
The skin check includes treatment advice of abnormal moles. At Whitehorse Medical Centre, we are experienced in the treatment of abnormal skin lesions, which can be discussed at the end of your skin check. Your skin check is Medicare rebatable.
Dr Kolin Lu graduated from University of Melbourne in 2009, then commenced in General practice in 2015. Kolin has a Professional Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine (2018) and performs both skin cancer checks and surgeries. Kolin speaks fluent Mandarin and Taiwanese.
Dr Peter Sanad graduated from Monash University in 2011. Peter is an experienced general practitioner and has special interests in performing skin excisions and minor surgical procedures.
Dr Vickie Shue graduated from Monash University Australia in 1994 and has been working in general practice since1998. Dr Shue holds a Certificate in Primary care Skin Cancer Medicine (2011). She regularly attends skin related professional development education and training.
Dr Julie Wang graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1998 and has been working in general practice since 2001. She has special interest in both dermoscopy assessment and skin procedures. Dr Wang regularly attends skin related professional development education and training.
Information we need before your booking
You can book a skin cancer check online or by contacting us. The comprehensive skin assessment will take about 30 minutes with one of our skin check GPs. Please contact us to discuss the costs of a skin cancer check.