As Australians, we love spending time in the great outdoors. And while our country is blessed with almost year-round sunny weather, we also have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Indeed, some sources say that two out of three Australians can expect to develop at least one cancer in their lifetime.
Unfortunately, without proper protection, too much fun in the sun can have dire consequences. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. In addition to sun protection, seeking shade, and wearing the proper clothing (including sunnies and a hat), the best way to keep your skin healthy is with regular skin check-ups. It’s important to go to a professional who has the right technology and know-how to check your skin for cancer.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a skin cancer care clinic, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great skin cancer clinic?
Skin cancer should never be taken lightly. When it comes to investing in skin checks, you want to rest easy knowing you’re dealing with the best in the business. This will give you confidence and peace of mind.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a skin cancer clinic.
- Specialist staff. Look for a skin cancer clinic with staff who have skin cancer qualifications. This is an area of expertise.
- Experienced staff. The more experienced a doctor is, the quicker they can identify troublesome spots, and recommend an effective treatment.
- Latest equipment. Like other fields of medicine, the technology designed to diagnose and treat skin cancer is advancing at lightning speed. Opt for a clinic that invests in the latest equipment. This can include computer-assisted full body skin cancer screening and imagine systems.
- Comfortable. With a full body skin check you’ll have to remove most of your clothing, but you should be given a gown and never made to feel violated or uncomfortable during the process.
- Cost. Check the cost of an appointment, and method of payment, while booking so there are no surprises. If cost is a factor, look for a skin cancer clinic or specialist GP that bulk bills.
The best skin cancer clinics in Canberra
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Gungahlin Medical Centre has now opened a Skin Cancer Clinic. Specialist doctors with skin cancer qualifications conduct full body skin checks to determine issues. They can image concerning skin lesions on state-of-the-art software. Gungahlin Medical Centre’s skin doctors can also remove lesions, including with surgical skills like grafts and flaps, using the latest equipment. Gungahlin Medical Centre also has a women’s health and reproduction clinic and a child health and immunisation clinic. Several GPs work out of the clinic.
As a comprehensive and professionally supported skin cancer clinic, 360uv offers prevention, monitoring, intervention and management of skin cancer health. Managed by Dr Alastair Taylor and supported by a medical team of qualified specialists and GPs, 360uv uses specific technology in skin cancer checks, including clinical photography, and provides diagnosis, referral and/or management of lesions, arranging non-invasive management of the lesion or surgical excision. Located in Deakin, 360uv provides highly effective skin cancer monitoring and skin checks.
One sportsmum wrote, “I know two ‘moley’ people who went there and both had melanomas removed after a screening. I think they have special equipment [at 360uv] that can pick it up.”
As a leading skin care expert in Canberra, Dr Andrew Morris of Morris Wellness in Kingston has been screening for cancer since 1999. To keep clients safe, Dr Morris uses the latest technology, including Computer Assisted Skin Cancer Screening and the very latest in professional imaging systems. This technology helps with early recognition of skin cancer and image documentation. Dr Morris also communicates in detail with clients so they become knowledgeable about their current state of health, courses of preventative action and other ways to ensure wellbeing. Dr Morris is an Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor (Skin Cancer College Australasia). To become accredited, he had to complete significant additional study, pass rigorous assessment and have proven skills in the diagnosis, treatment and management of skin cancer. Having accumulated more than 20 years of experience in skin cancer medicine, Dr Morris has also completed multiple certificate and advanced certificate courses in dermoscopy and skin cancer medicine and surgery.
Satisfied customer, Louise Patricia, wrote on Google, “Best skin checkup I’ve ever had. Prompt, on time and the use of a computer to map is invaluable. Lovely place. Highly recommend.”
If you’ve got a problem with your skin but you’re not sure what it may be, our article on the best dermatologists in Canberra may help you.
Your experience with skin cancer clinics in Canberra
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