With the Christmas holidays so close, many of us are already starting to prepare for a few weeks soaking up the sun’s rays and making the most of the Australian summer.
Of course, it’s important that you take care of your skin while you’re out there enjoying the sun. And that starts by getting a skin cancer check.
As one of the most common types of cancer in Australia (accounting for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers), it’s crucial that Cairns residents take skin cancer seriously. And that starts by getting your skin checked for melanomas and other unwelcome surprises.
Just one question: where do you go to get your check done?
Where should I go for a skin cancer check?
Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UV) is one of the main causes of skin cancer – and unfortunately, it’s something that can be hard to avoid here in sunny Cairns.
Skin cancer can happen in any part of your body, whether that’s on your head, scalp, face, and neck. If you suspect that you might have skin cancer, or you may want to seek professional advice regarding your concern, who do you call?
For most of us, the GP is where we go for skin cancer checks in Cairns.
As skin cancer is one of the most common skin issues in Australia, GPs are very familiar in diagnosing all types of skin problems.
During your consultation, a GP can identify potential cancerous growths, as well as the risk of each of them. They can even treat and remove certain skin cancers for you.
There’s nothing wrong with choosing a GP to diagnose potential skin cancer problems – for more severe cases however, they may have to refer you to a specialist skin cancer clinic…
Why choose a skin cancer clinic?
Whether it’s a condition that the GP simply isn’t equipped to deal with or if you’re seeking a second opinion on your skin condition, you’re going to need professional advice from a specialist.
Many times, that means going to a skin cancer clinic.
A GP may do a formal referral or request further assessment on your behalf. However, you can also directly take your skin concerns to a skin cancer clinic.!
Of course, that isn’t the only reason to go straight to a specialist – if it turns out that you are indeed facing a more complex issue, a specialist can treat it quicker thanks to their:
- More in-depth knowledge
- Specialist tools and equipment
Choosing a skin cancer clinic
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop that provides general and specialised consultations, assessment and can even remove any suspicious spots and moles right there and then, a skin centre clinic at Cairns is the best place to go.
A specialist clinic can help with diagnosis, skin cancer surgery and removal, and skin cancer treatments in ways that a GP can’t.
Just one question: how do you know you’re being looked after by the right clinic?
Is your skin specialist accredited?
When choosing a skincare specialist, make sure that they have completed their Australian Dermatology Diploma.
This accreditation certifies that your skin expert is indeed a specialist, and that they have the appropriate educational background and training to look after you.
Another thing that you need to check whether or not they are accredited with the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD). ACD grants accreditations and training to individuals who want to become a skin specialist in Australia.
Cairns Plastic Surgery’s plastic surgeon Dr Isolde Hertess holds each of these, meaning we’re able to look after your skin every single step of the way.
Do they also offer skin cancer surgery to Cairns residents?
Diagnosis is only one part of the process – if it turns out that the growth is malignant, it will need to get removed.
Make sure yours does skin cancer removal – Cairns residents are pretty isolated from the rest of the state, so you don’t want to find out that your clinic can’t actually remove your growth after you’ve already spent time getting looked at.
It’s also a good idea to ask around and even talk to their previous clients to know about their experience providing skin cancer treatment at Cairns.
Are you comfortable with your skin expert?
Skin cancer removal is a major decision, and one that can leave you feeling vulnerable and scared – after all, it’s your skin and health we’re talking about.
That’s why we always say that the experience is everything.
Does your skin cancer specialist:
- Communicate with transparency and honesty?
- Take steps to make you feel at ease?
- Tell you what to expect before, during and after surgery?
- Ease your anxieties and answer your questions
This is one area that often gets overlooked when looking for skin cancer therapy in Cairns – if you ask us however, it’s one of the most important ones!
Schedule a skin cancer check at Cairns Plastic Surgery
If you’re worried about a mole on your skin, are suspicious of spots, or in fact live in sunny Queensland and have never had a skin check before, then we recommend booking a skin check at Cairns Plastic Surgery.
We provide a range of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation and tummy tuck, however much of our time is also filled with both surgical and non-surgical skin cancer treatments on the skin and face.
Dr Isolde Hertess can perform:
- Skin checks
- Skin cancer removal
- After-care treatment
- Facial skin cancer surgery
- Body skin cancer surgery