Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world. More than 11,500 Australian men and women are diagnosed with a melanoma each year. The Cancer Council of Australia recommends all adults should check their own skin and moles regularly. Seeing a Skin Cancer GP and getting an assessment of your risk and how often you should get checked is important
Many people sadly fail to have their skin checked at all and some die of this preventable disease.
At Highgate Hill Doctors we recognise the importance of your skin health and have developed a specialist Skin Cancer Clinic, headed by our specialist skin cancer GP Dr David Carroll (MBBS, FRACGP, Master of Medicine in Skin Cancer).
Highgate Hill Doctors welcomes Dr Carroll’s wealth of skin cancer experience to the West End, South Brisbane and Highgate Hill area. He offers significant surgical experience in the excision of risky moles, skin cancers and other skin tags, cysts and warts.
Dr Carroll has been focusing on skin cancer treatment since 2003. Dr Carroll’s training began with various attachments to some of Brisbane’s best dermatologists and plastic surgeons. In 2007 he completed his Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at the University of Queensland.
Since then, skin cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment has taken up a large part of his practice for the past 15 years.
Dr Michael Naue and Dr Ellen Rozis also have an interest in skin cancer and will excise their own skin cancers here as well.
Dr David Carroll conducts systematic skin cancer checks. No shortcuts are taken. You will receive a full head-to-toe, scalp and feet examination where indicated. David and our team are skilled in the latest dermatoscope exam. Appropriate photographs are recorded if needed as well.
He will assess how regularly you need a check-up and will organise any follow up appointments. We provide accurate diagnosis and appropriate surgical excisions or in some cases chemical or immunological cream treatments.
Dr Carrolls visits are pleasant and informative. He has a passion for skin cancer detection and treatment that is infectious. He will send you away armed with the information you need. Self detection of new skin cancer is vitally important. He will assess your skin and be realistic about how often you need check ups. No unnecessary recalls here
Skin Cancer Clinic Days:
Dr David Carroll is available for consultations on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as every second Wednesday.
Skin Cancer Facts
What Types of skin cancers are there?
The three main types are Melanomas, Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs) and Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs).
Melanomas are usually from previous sunburn but can occur anywhere on the body and on younger people. They are less common but more dangerous.
Remember melanomas can occur in old moles but up to 70% will occur as new lesions.
The pictured is quite an advanced one they all began as a small dot or a small change in an existing mole.
Melanomas only invade and go to lymph glands once they break through the deeper layer of the skin. The earlier you pick them up the better as the prognosis is excellent with most early melanomas.
Always excision once diagnosed.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Like Basal Cell Carcinomas these are from an accumulation of sun damage over many years and generally occur in the most sun exposed areas like head face and upper chest and hands.
They can be preceded by sun damaged areas called solar keratosis. Bowens or intraepithelial carcinomas are on the way to being SCCs as well. These preceding lesions can be excised but there is an array of other techniques short of complete excision that can be used for these as well.
SCCs Always excision
Basal Cell Carcinomas
BCCs are the most common form of skin cancer. SCCs can rarely spread to lymph glands. BCC s will not do this but can erode dangerously into local tissue.
BCCs usually are treated with formal excision. Frequently however Dr Carroll will diagnose them clinically and employ a technique where the biopsy process achieves successful treatment in itself.
What is your risk of skin cancer?
- A history of plenty of sun or sun burn
- Fair skin
- A previous skin cancer
- Family history of melanoma
- Plenty of moles already
- Poor immunity
How To Check You Skin
- Plenty of light
- Strip naked
- Look all over from head to toe
- Use a mirror to look at hard to find spots. Get someone to check.
See Dr Carrolls Video on what to look for with pigmented or darkened lesions that change.
Once you have discovered a new or changing lesion come in and discuss with us here at Highgate Hill Doctors.
Surgical excision is still the main stay of skin cancer treatment. Dr Carroll or our team members will excise most skin cancers here. Dr Carroll has had extensive experience if needed with complex skin flaps and skin grafts -which are occasionally needed. We also have a group of excellent plastic surgeons we work with when needed as well.
Dr Carroll regularly also utilises chemical techniques for the removal of superficial skin cancers or skin lesions, as well as immunotherapy creams, which destroys the lesions over time.