Skin Care Clinic

Dalyellup Skin Care Clinic commenced in 2013. We are pleased to assist patients living in Bunbury and the South West.

Our Skin Care Clinic offers the following services

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Skin Cancer screening using Dermoscopy.

Skin cancers including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma often start as changes to your skin. They can start as new growths or in precancerous lesions, changes that are not cancer but could become cancer over time. An estimated 40% to 50% of fair-skinned people who live to be 65 will develop at least one skin cancer. Early identification is important. For more information about screening for skin cancer and Dermoscopy go here Dermoscopy

001TREATMENT OF PRE-CANCEROUS SKIN SPOTS

Some skin cancers start as benign, pre-cancerous lesions known as actinic keratoses. While many of these surface lesions never progress to malignancy, an estimated one in twenty will become a squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. Pre-cancerous skin spots are small, raised, scaly spots that are most commonly found on the face, scalp, arms and backs of hands, areas that receive greater exposure to the sun. As they may also become skin cancers, early detection (by a skin check) and treatment (by a qualified skin doctor) are important.

 

 

 

What do pre-cancerous skin spots look like ?

If you would like to see some photographs of various pre-cancerous skin spots you could click here.

 

Would you like to do The Sun Quiz?

If you would like to learn more about Sunburn and Sunscreens you can click here and complete a simple quiz. Test your knowledge and find out what are myths and what are facts!

BIOPSY AND TREATMENT OF SKIN CANCERS

The doctors on the Dalyellup Skin Care Clinic team are well qualified in the treatment of skin cancers and can perform surgical procedures in their modern treatment room.

 

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 Our state-of-the-art treatment room

 

DIGITAL SURVEILLANCE OF ATYPICAL SKIN SPOTS

Some flat pigmented skin spots have unusual or atypical features without features with melanoma.  We take photos of the spot with a camera linked to a dermatoscope (skin surface microscope), and then repeat the photos in 3 months time.  Melanomas change in their dermatoscope appeance over three months.  If the skin spot has changed then a biopsy is required.

TOTAL BODY PHOTOGRAPHY

Total Body Photography (TBP) or Body Mapping is a tool that is used for the early detection of melanoma in patients that are classed high risk.

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Melanoma viewed through a Dermatoscope

It involves the taking of a standard set of photographs of most parts of the body, using a high resolution camera, which then enables the doctor or patient to identify early changes in existing moles or the identification of new moles.

Total Body Photography (TBP) is a tool that is used for the early detection of melanoma in patients that are classed high risk.

It involves the taking of a standard set of photographs of most parts of the body, using a high resolution camera, which then enables the doctor or patient to identify early changes in existing moles or the identification of new moles.

The procedure takes around 30 minutes to complete. Like a skin examination for skin cancer, it is conducted with the patient wearing underwear. Chaperones are welcome.

The patient is provided with a CD of the images and a computer copy is stored securely at the practice. The patient can then monitor particular moles that may be suspicious of developing into melanomas or identify new moles.

TBP would be of assistance to high risk patients who have a family history or a personal history of melanoma, have a large number of moles or for someone who is just anxious about their moles. It can also reduce the unnecessary removal of harmless moles.

Dalyellup Skin Care Clinic can undertake TBP. If you would like to explore this alternative, further contact the practice. Unfortunately Medicare does not reimburse TBP fees.

WORKING WITH GPS

We are pleased to accept referrals, and communicate with the patient’s primary care provider.  Referrals from GPs including requests for an urgent review can be faxed on 97956477 or sent via secure messaging with Health Link (ID name is dalyelup) or Medical Objects.

SKIN CANCER EDUCATION

 

The ABCDE rule is helpful in examining your own moles. This video will show you how it works.

 

 

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Below is an educational video on observing colour in the skin and what colours warrant further assessment.

SKIN CANCER INFORMATION

Knowing the symptoms of, and signs for,  skin cancer is important for early diagnosis and treatment, and can be life saving.

Click here to view an educational sheet. Clues to skin cancer educational sheet

If you would like to watch  an educational video on what changes to look out for in sun damaged skin go to the one below.

 

 

CHRONIC DISEASE INFORMATION

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Some asthma devices

 

The practice has educational packs with useful resources to understand Asthma and Diabetes.  Please ask a Nurse or Doctor about this at the practice.

Practice Nurse Lucy provide educational sessions on Asthma for patients and carers.

Diabetes Educator Nicole consults at the practice monthly.

 

CONSUMER HEALTH PUBLICATIONS

A host of publications dealing with a wide range of issues from post natal depression and mammograms to patient rights in public hospitals and child immunisation,  are available from the WA health department by clicking here.

 

SCAN your skin is a useful guide to check your skin and recognise signs of skin cancer. Scan your skin

SKIN CARE CLINIC BILLING

The cost of a standard skin check is $80. This cost is rebateable from Medicare. The rebate for a standard skin check is $37.05. A fee applies to procedures. There is a treatment room fee and procedural gap fee which we ask to be paid on the day of the procedure. The remainder of the account is sent directly to medicare on your behalf and you receive a cheque for the Doctor in the mail. Please bring or send in the medicare cheque to the practice to clear the account.

WHAT IS YOUR RISK OF SKIN CANCER?

Answer the following questions on this site to calculate your risk of skin cancer.http://scanyourskin.org/skin-cancer-risk-checklist/