WHEN TO SEE A GP OR A MELBOURNE SKIN CLINIC?
If you need a skin check (also called a mole check) at your local skin clinic or GP practice, you can count on our expertise here at High Street Medical Centre. We can assess the condition of your skin and recommend treatments for conditions ranging from sensitive skin through to skin cancer. We treat skin cancers as well as other lumps and bumps such as warts and fungal infections to name a few. Our doctors utilise surgical excision and cryotherapy (freezing) depending on what is most appropriate.
So who needs a skin check? Basically everyone! It is important to remember that you will always benefit from a skin check, no matter what skin type you have or what background you come from. In some cases, we recommend booking a routine check if you have:
- Fair skin combined with red hair or with a light eye colour
- More than 50 moles
- A personal or a family history of skin cancer
- Taken any type of immunosuppressive medication
In general, even in our often very moderate Melbourne climate, it is wise to keep an eye on your skin. Not all skin cancers and moles are directly linked to sunlight exposure, and there are other warning signs to look out for. You may want to book an appointment with one of our GPs here in Prahran when you notice skin changes, when you have a sore or a scratch that doesn’t heal properly, or when a new spot appears.
We also recommend skin checks in case one of your existing moles changes colour, size, shape or has started to itch or bleed.
Our doctors here at in our Prahran GP clinic have additional experience and training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer although they are not dermatologists or plastic surgeons.