• Queensland is the Skin Cancer Capital of the World.
  • Melanoma is the single most common cause of cancer deaths in Queensland.
  • MoleScreen has state of the art diagnostic and monitoring equipment.
  • We were the first Skin Cancer Clinic in Brisbane and Queensland, established in 1997.
  • We only ever operate in the patients best interest.
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Skin Cancer detection

Skin Cancer Detection in Brisbane has moved on from the days of a doctor spending a few minutes looking at your skin to see if they could see if there were any moles or marks to warrant further inspection. The best technology and the most experienced practitioners will now provide a dramatically increased opportunity for the early detection of skin cancer in the skin cancer capital of the world. MoleScreen marries the most experienced specialist in Brisbane with state of the art technology to provide a very high level of Skin Cancer screening and treatment.

Skin Cancer Detection Brisbane

SkinMap

How do I know what to look out for?

There are essentially two type of skin cancer, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Melanoma is the most important skin cancer to diagnose early as once it has spread through the body, treatment options are very limited. Typically a melanoma will be a new mole or a mole that has changed. You should be aware of your moles as noticing that a new one has appeared or changed can lead to early diagnosis. If the melanoma occurs in a pre-existing mole that has changed there will have been a change in size, shape or colour of that mole. Most melanomas would result in an increase in size, darkening in colour or the mole becoming more irregular. But sometimes the mole gets lighter, smaller and starts to disappear. So really it is the change that is important, not what it does(Our SkinMap technology monitors your skin and generates an extremely high quality Mole Scan to expose changes) . Invariably the melanoma is the ugly duckling; it looks different to other moles on your body. Melanoma may occur anywhere on the body, not just areas exposed to the sun. In Queensland melanoma occurs in just under 5% of the population and it is the commonest cause of death from cancer in under 40 year olds.

Non-melanoma skin cancer is much harder to spot, they occur in 60% of our population. They may be raised, flat, skin coloured, pink, red, dry, crusty, ulcerated but they will not look like surrounding skin. They will mostly appear where sun damage has been greatest. They will also appear under clothing where there has been poor skin protection. For example a business shirt will not offer any protection from the sun. Enough sun exposure this way will result in non-melanoma skin cancers for example on the back.

If you have any of the following risk factors for skin cancer you should have an annual skin examination:

  • lots of moles
  • dysplastic naevi
  • previous melanoma or abnormal moles
  • family history of melanoma
  • fair skin or red hair
  • blue eyes
  • chemotherapy or radiation and certain drugs that treat skin conditions, rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease.
  • previous history of cancer including skin cancer
  • previous ultra violet light skin treatments for acne
  • solarium use

Remember early detection of skin cancer is highly likely if you have regular Mole checks, the risks are too high to leave it to chance.