• 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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What is Skin Cancer?

Skin Cancer in Brisbane – What are the main causes?

Brisbane is the Sun cancer capital of the world. The sun causes most skin cancers in Brisbane, exposure to ultraviolet light in sunlight compromises our immune system. People who have suffered from sunburn on and off over a period of years are more likely to lead to Melanoma and long term, chronic exposure to the non-pigmented cancers which are Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs) and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs).

Melanomas are deadly and affect 1 in 19 Queenslanders

Melanoma is a cancer of melanocytes, the cells which produce the pigment melanin that colours our skin, hair, and eyes. It may occur anywhere on the body including areas not exposed to the sun. One in 19 people can expect to get melanoma in Brisbane, it can be caused by just 2 instances of sunburn before the age of 20.

There are four types of melanoma: superficial spreading melanoma, lentigo maligna, Acral lentiginous melanoma and nodular melanoma.

what is skin cancer - Basal Cell Carcinoma

BCC

Basal Cell Carcinomas arise in the cells which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (top skin layer). They are usually skin coloured, sometimes pink or red and occasionally pigmented and look like moles. They are local skin cancers invading deeply over time but not spreading to other parts of the body. BCC is the most common form of Skin Cancer in Brisbane.








Non-melanoma skin cancer affects over 60% of Queensland’s population over a life time.

What is skin cancer - Squamous Cell Carcinoma

SCC

Squamous Cell Carcinomas may occur on all areas of the body including the mucous membranes and genitals, but are most common in areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as the edge of the ear

  • lower lip
  • face
  • bald scalp
  • neck
  • hands
  • arms and legs

Often the skin in these areas reveals tell tale signs of sun damage, such as wrinkling, changes in pigmentation, and loss of elasticity. Conditions of the skin such as Actinic (or Solar) Keratoses, Actinic Cheilitis of the lip, Leukoplakia or Bowen’s Disease may appear as precursors of SCCs. They have the potential to spread to other parts of the body and in extreme cases cause death.