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Skin Cancer

What is Skin Cancer?

Australia is the home of skin cancer and the most common form of cancer suffered by Australians. Fair skinned people of all ages, especially the elderly, are particularly prone, as are those who live in beachside and coastal locations.

Skin cancer is the out-of-control growth of abnormal cells in the outermost layer of your skin, the epidermis. It is caused by DNA damage that triggers mutations. These mutations lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.

The damage is caused by harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun or UV tanning beds.  If it is caught early, skin cancer can be successfully treated. It is advised to look out for spots, freckles or moles that stand out as being different to your surrounding skin, as they may be skin cancer. 

Skin cancer mostly appears as a new and unusual looking spot. It may also appear as an existing spot that has changed in colour, size or shape. If you notice any of these changes, you should get it checked by your doctor or dermatologist immediately.

Preventing Skin Cancer

Minimise your sun exposure to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Specifically, avoid sun exposure between 10am and 3pm when the UV intensity is at its highest. If you do go outside during these hours, ensure to wear sun protective clothing including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses. Apply SPF30+ sunscreen regularly, particularly if swimming or perspiring. It’s also strongly recommended to avoid tanning booths.

Skin Cancer Surgery

Read more about the types of skin cancer surgery, preparing for skin cancer surgery, what to expect after surgery and the risks.

Skin Cancer Treatment Options

Skin Cancer Types

There are a number of different types of skin cancer to be aware of and that require different treatments. Click here to read more about the different types.

Types of Skin Cancer

Moles & Skin Legions

Dr Hamilton can identify and remove suspicious moles especially on the face and sensitive areas where there is a desire to obtain the best aesthetic result with minimal disfigurement.