Skin Cancer

Malignant tumours known as the uncontrolled growth and reproduction of irregular skin cells. 

Affecting people of all ages, skin cancer poses a higher risk to those with fair skin. The most common types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Melanoma.  Skin cancers vary in severity, learn amount the different types of skin cancer and skin damage below: 

A key determining factor in skin cancer is skin type. The Fitzpatrick skin classification system measures the skin's reaction to exposure to sunlight. Below is a graphical interpretation of skin types. 

How does a skin check work? 

Each consultant runs their skin check differently. Generally, when you get your skin checked at the Queensland Institute of Dermatology after consent you will be: 

  1. Undressed down to your underwear 

  2. Registrar will thoroughly check skin with a dermatoscope

  3. The consultant will thoroughly check skin with a dermatoscope 

  4. Any suspicious lesion will be identified and actioned as necessary (as deemed by the consultant) 

  5. Photos may be taken of lesions (if consented) for ongoing management