Living in Australia puts us at a higher risk of developing skin cancer. That is why, whether you are young or elderly, it is important to watch out for the early signs of skin cancer, visit a skin check clinic and help with early detection and prevention of the disease.
About our Skin Check Clinics
Atticus Health Bangholme is pleased to offer its patients a monthly skin check clinic. The clinic has acquired exciting new screening technology and will be run by Dr Carl Fernandes who has a special interest in skin cancer prevention. We also have skin check clinics at Somerville and Hastings, installed with new skin cancer treatment technology.
The skin check clinic will run the first Wednesday of the month between 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, with the next appointment date commencing on December 1st.
Dr Carl Fernandez with Atticus Health patient, Kathryn. In the Bangholme skin check clinic.
Hastings and Somerville Skin Check Clinics
Dr Varun Deepak is another doctor at Atticus Health with an interest in skin health. He’s ramping up skin cancer work at Hastings and Somerville with new equipment installed for skin checks and treatment.
Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by 70 and about 95% of skin cancers are treatable if found early. It is recommended by the cancer council that people at higher risk should discuss a skin check plan with their doctor. A full skin examination, supported with photography and dermoscopy, may be necessary every six months. Risk factors for skin cancer include:
- Previous skin cancer, including melanoma
- A family history of skin cancer
- Fair or freckled skin, especially those with skin that burns easily
- Red or fair hair and light-coloured eyes (blue or green)
- Lots of moles on their body
- Current or previous occupation involving outdoor work
- A weakened immune system
- Certain skin conditions, including sunspots.
Consult a doctor if you notice any new spots or changes to existing freckles or moles, including the shape, colour or size of a spot. Read more about prevention here.
Embrace summer with confidence! Book your skin check appointment with Dr Carl Fernandes at Bangholme. As mentioned, the next available time is on the 1st of December, (the first Wednesday of each month) between 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. You can also call the Bangholme clinic on 9706 5560 to book.