All our doctors are experienced in treating a range of skin conditions through their vocational training as GPs. This includes common conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and sun damage among others. We are also experienced at detecting and treating concerning skin lesions and rashes. It is important to attend early to check any new skin lesion to ensure detection of skin cancer and for timely treatment. We also offer cryotherapy to freeze off warts, verruca’s and some skin lesions and this treatment is covered free of charge if you have a Medical card, Doctor-visit card or private health insurance. Some of our GPs have completed further training in the form of post graduate qualifications in dermatology. We also offer minor surgery to remove certain skin tags, cysts or skin lesions.
Assessing skin lesions
If you have a worrisome mole that has changed in any way it is important to get it checked by the GP as it may represent a skin cancer such as a melanoma. Here are some warning signs to be aware of.
ABCDE of Moles
If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match, meaning it is asymmetrical, a warning sign for melanoma.
The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven, the edges may be scalloped or notched.
Having a variety of colours is another warning sign. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, white or blue.
Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil (1/4 inch or 6mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.
When a mole is evolving see a doctor. Any change in size, shape, colour, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting – points to danger.