Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Brisbane | General Practice Brisbane | Melanoma Brisbane

Did you know?

Brisbane has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world?

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians?

If found early melanoma has an almost 100% treatment success.

Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Do you need a mole checked, or a whole-body skin check? Struggling to find a Skin Cancer Clinic in Brisbane?

Are you at high risk of melanoma skin cancer or have you been diagnosed with melanoma and need surgery?

 

Skin Cancer Treatment

Diagnosis and Treatment of skin cancer is available with Dr Suresh. He carries out most treatment options available and is happy to discuss the options for treatment of skin  cancers with you.

Surgical treatment is available but is not always necessary. Sometimes cancers such as Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) can be treated with creams or liquid nitrogen therapy.

Dr Suresh is also able to treat melanomas and advanced repairs for skin tumours such as flaps and grafts.

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Same Day Biopsies

Shave and punch biopsies can be done on the same day as your appointment. They are done under local anaesthetic only so you can drive afterwards. Excision biopsies need to be booked in advance

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Dermoscopy

Dr Suresh performs his skin checks with a dermatoscope – a piece of equipment designed specifically to look at what is going on just underneath the surface of the skin
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Low Gap Fees

Dr Suresh is a private billing doctor, although bulk billing is available. Where there are charges the gap fee is low. Some things can dealt with over the phone for a small fee

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Treatment of skin cancers

Dr Suresh offers both surgical and non surgical treatment of skin cancers, including curettage, creams, cryotherapy, daylight-PDT and skin cancer surgery

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Sun and Skin Care Advice

Dr Suresh is able to offer advice and information on how to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and how to protect your skin. He also discusses sunscreens and other protection
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Results by phone

Dr Suresh understands how busy you are and so he gives most results over the phone. He only asks you to come in if it is required, saving you time and money. Complicated results will be face to face

Do you need a full skin check or a mole check in Brisbane?

Services

Dr Suresh provides all aspects of skin caner care in Brisbane.

Mole Checks

If you have a mole or spot that is new, growing or changing

Surgical Treatment

Surgical treatment of skin cancer and melanoma

Sun Protection

How to reduce your risk of skin cancer, including advice on sunscreens

Mole Photographs

Dr Suresh is able to take photographs of moles for monitoring

Self Checks

Advice on how to do your own self skin checks every 3-6 months

Daylight PDT

Natural Daylight Photo Dynamic Therapy (ND-PDT) to treat BCC

Did you know that rates of Melanoma are still on the rise in Australia? Did you know Brisbane is the melanoma capital of the world? Regular skin checks and checking yourself for signs of pre-malignant conditions can reduce your chance of developing skin cancer.

How do I know if I have skin cancer?

The first step is to do a self-check. This is quite easy and straightforward to do, but it does require some thought and a method of doing it to avoid missing anything. Dr Suresh has written an easy to understand guide on how to do a self-check here. It’s easy to do and you don’t need any special equipment or tools for it. All you need is good lighting and ideally a full-length mirror.

You should be looking out for anything new, changing or growing. If you find anything that concerns you then see Dr Suresh for a proper check.

Types of Skin Cancer

Malignancies aren’t just brown moles. it is important that you look for new or changing pink marks or moles as well, as these could be other forms of skin cancer like Basal cell carcinoma or Squamous cell carcinoma. They could also be a rare kind of melanoma called amelanotic melanoma.

There are multiple forms of skin cancer, including malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and they can all be dangerous. Different types of skin cancer are not always easy to find, but Dr Suresh has the correct equipment and experience needed to find them.

Treatment of skin cancer

Different types of skin cancer may need different treatment and Dr Suresh is confident treating all forms. You can read more about treatment options here, but Dr Suresh offers daylight PDT (ND-PDT), creams, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), curettage and cautery (scraping) or surgical excision.

The gold-standard treatment is surgical excision, but this may not always be the best for you. Dr Suresh likes to take an individual approach to his treatment and will discuss all the options with you.

If you need surgery, Dr Suresh has advanced training in surgical treatment and is able to perform advanced surgical techniques such as flaps or grafts. All treatments are carried out at the skin cancer clinic on Moggill Road in Kenmore.

Most forms of skin cancer are extremely treatable and even Melanoma has a very good cure rate. If caught early, even melanoma has an almost 100% chance to be cured.

How can I reduce my risk of developing skin cancer?

We know that having a lot of previous or ongoing sun exposure increases the risk of developing all types of skin cancer. Typically they will develop on sun-exposed areas but they can occur on any part of the body. Early detection and treatment are key to reducing the risk of it spreading to other parts of the body.

It is important that you do your self-checks and get your regular check. Dr Suresh recommends annual checks for most of his patients. Melanoma can arise from either existing moles or new moles so it is important to check your entire body for signs of melanoma and other problems.

What other risk factors increase my risk of developing skin cancer?

The biggest risk factor is sun exposure, but other factors such as a family history of skin cancer, your Fitzpatrick Skin Type, previous sunburn history, a history of previous treatments such as liquid nitrogen therapy, or the presence of pre-cancerous cells such as in Solar Keratosis (Actinic keratosis)

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FAQ

What skin cancer treatments do you offer?

He has postgraduate training in both diagnosis and surgical treatment, including flaps and grafts. He offers most of the surgical and non-surgical treatment options for skin cancer. Non-surgical treatment options include Photodynamic therapy, liquid nitrogen therapy and curettage and cautery. Dr Suresh also performs biopsies on suspicious skin lesions or concerning moles.

Where do you consult?

Consultations are done at the skin cancer clinic in Kenmore, Brisbane. He likes to be thorough, checking every mole and discussing ongoing risk factors and sun protection.

You can read more about how Dr Suresh does his checks by clicking here.

How do you do the checks?

Dr Suresh likes to be thorough with his skin checks, and he checks every mark and mole he can see with the dermatoscope. He also checks your lymph nodes to make sure nothing is spreading. He also recommends his patients do self-checks and can show you how to do this.

Can you diagnose and treat Melanoma?

Melanoma is very common unfortunately in Brisbane. Dr Suresh is happy and confident in diagnosing and treating Melanoma. Dr Suresh operates and removes Melanoma skin cancer and non-melanoma cancers (e.g. Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma) at the clinic in Kenmore.

Can you take photographs of my moles?

Absolutely. At the skin cancer clinic, we have the ability to take individual dermoscopic photographs of your moles, usually used for monitoring purposes (photographic surveillance). We will soon be switching to the popular DermEngine platform for taking and monitoring photographs of moles.

Do you offer total body photography?

At present no. The evidence for its use is quite weak for skin monitoring and a full, comprehensive check is shown to be just as effective.

In the future, if the evidence is reviewed and found that total body photography is of benefit for skin cancer then Dr Suresh will offer it.

What other procedures can you do?

Dr Suresh also performs minor surgery procedures, including toenail excisions, cyst excisions, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), daylight PDT and contraceptive implant insertions.

Do I need a referral to see you?

No, you do not need a referral to see Dr Suresh, however, if you would like your usual GP to receive correspondence from Dr Suresh after your consultation then please let him know. He will usually ask you at the end of the appointment if you wish your GP to be informed of the outcome of the consultation.

Can I book in for surgery without an appointment?

A consultation is required prior to booking any procedure. This is so that he can review the nature of the problem and agree with you on the best course of treatment.

If you are unsure please see Dr Suresh or phone the medical centre for advice. An appointment can be booked through these links: IPN or Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, or the button below.

Do you do private workplace screening?

Yes, he offers private skin cancer screening at the workplace for corporate entities. Please email Dr Suresh directly to discuss.

Do you offer bulk billing?

Bulk billing is available for consultations for patients with valid concession cards (health care cards and pension card holders) and valid medicare cards. Please see this page for more information.

Contact

For non-clinical enquiries

Book Online or call for appointments – 07 3878 4555

“I love skin cancer work. It is so common in Brisbane and affects so many people. You can make a real difference by detecting and treating skin cancers early, especially melanoma “

Dr Suresh Khirwadkar

GP and Skin Cancer Doctor

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