Skin Cancer Detection in Brisbane
Our doctor has over 15 years experience in skin cancer practice. Dr. Wong has extensive experience in the diagnosis of skin cancer, dermatoscopy skills to improve skin cancer detection and provide both surgical and non surgical management of skin cancers and sun damaged skin.
Many skin cancer surgery can be performed using advanced plastic surgery techniques such as skin flaps and grafts. Solar damage (sun damaged skin) can be improved using chemical peels or Photodynamic therapy. Moles or benign lumps can be flattened cosmetically using electrosurgical techniques, leaving a superior cosmetic result. Many of these procedures are performed under local anaesthetics with little downtime. Our clinic is dedicated to excellence in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer and solar damage.
It is highly recommended that skin checks (for skin cancers) be performed on a regularly basis usually annually. However for the high risk individuals this may be every 6 monthly. If you notice any changes in size, shape, pattern, pigment changes to a pre-existing mole, or if you notice a newly developing pigmented lesion on the skin, please arrange to get a doctor’s advice.
We highly recommended sunscreens be used regularly to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
Fees: Skin Checks – Regular consultations $65 (Medicare Rebate approximately $37)
Surgical treatments: Out of pocket fees will be discussed on individual basis (depending on the lesion, size, site).
Photodynamic Therapy Brisbane
Non melanoma skin cancers and certain types of pre-cancerous lesions can be treated using photodynamic therapy (PDT).
PDT involves the application of ALA cream, which is a photosensitizing agent to the areas that require treatment for at least 3 hours. When the photosensitizing agent is exposed to a specific wavelength of light, it produces a form of oxygen that destroys the surrounding cells. It is this chemical reaction caused by the exposure to light that destroys the cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions but leaving the surrounding healthy skin relatively unharmed.
Benefits of PDT: 1. Treat sun damaged skin effectively 2. Improve skin tone, texture, colour, clarity at the same time.
If you have a skin cancer, it may still require surgical excision, however PDT may be a very effective treatment option for most non melanotic precancerous lesions.
Facts about Melanoma Detection
Melanomas can appear anywhere on the body.
Melanoma may be of different colours.
It is possible for melanoma to grow rapidly, even within 2-3 months so you can get melanoma before your next appointment.
Common changes can be: size/colour/shape/itchiness or bleeding, or no noticeable change at all. A mole becoming lighter in colour, is still considered a notable change.
Notify the doctor if you notice any changes in an existing mole.