Skin Cancer Check
and Management

In the past few years there has been a significant increase in the incident of skin cancer worldwide and certainly in Australia. It is estimated that 2 in 3 (70%) of Australians will have at least one skin cancer removed in their life time compared to 40% in USA.

Skin cancer causes 1 in 3 of all cancers, and costs more than all other cancers combined. Melanoma is considered to be one of the fastest spreading cancers and accounts for about 10% of all cancer deaths in Australia.

Most skin cancers including melanoma can be successfully treated if detected early, thus regular medical skin checks can be life saving. It is highly advisable that a full skin check is conducted once yearly. For those with prior history of skin cancers or strong family history of melanoma more frequent checks are sometimes necessary.

There are three main types of skin cancer:
Basal cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma
Melonoma

Options for treating precancerous skin lesions and skin cancers include:
Surgical excision
Ointments such as Imiquimod cream
Cryotherapy – using liquid nitrogen to rapidly freeze the cancer off
Curettage and cautery – the cancer is scraped out and electric current is applied to stop bleeding and destroy any remaining tumour tissue
Photodynamic therapy – a special photosensitizing cream is applied to the skin cancer then a light is shone on it. The light interacts with the cream to destroy the cancer cells; and/or
Radiation therapy

Occasionally patients need to be referred for treatments such as Mohs surgery, radiotherapy or reconstructive procedures.

Most skin cancers including melanoma can be successfully treated if detected early, thus regular medical skin checks can be life saving. It is highly advisable that a full skin check is conducted once yearly. For those with prior history of skin cancers or strong family history of melanoma more frequent checks are sometimes necessary.

ABCD of Melanoma

Dr Abu Laban at Al Nour Clinic is very highly qualified in the field of skin cancers and is currently one of the few doctors endorsed by the Australian Skin Cancer College to conduct skin cancer checks and management in WA.

Some of Dr Abu Laban’s qualifications include: 
Master of Medicine/Skin Cancer Medicine – University of Queensland
Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery – Australia
Certificates in Primary and Advanced Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery – Australia