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Skin Check

Skin Check provides impartial and evidence-based advice to help the consumer navigate through the maze of different skin cancers.

Skin Check provides information about skin cancer prevention, types and treatment.

The aim of the Skin Check is to:

  • pick up skin cancers as early as possible
  • keep biopsy rate to the minimum necessary
  • educate about skin cancer early diagnosis
  • advise about prevention of skin cancer
  • facilitate an understanding of different benign skin lesions.

Next time you get a skin check, ask the doctor for the names of the skin lesions you have.

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Last reviewed: June 2018

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SCC (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) - South East Skin Clinic

SCC (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) is a skin cancer that is more common in males over the age of 40 and usually develops from a pre-existing Solar Keratosis.

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Folliculitis - A term many Australians are familiar with but why?

Folliculitis is really really common in Australia. There are different types of folliculitis - and you don't always need antibiotics.

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Chondrodermatis - South East Skin Clinic

Chondrodermatitis causes a sore crusty spot on the ear & is most common on the side that you sleep on. What do they look like & What are the treatment options?

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BCC (Basal Cell Carcinoma)

BCC is very common in Australia. The earlier the BCC is treated, the easier it is to treat!

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Unna Nevus - South East Skin Clinic

The terminology can be confusing! The Unna nevus is a type of dermal nevus that occurs below the neck whereas the Miescher nevus occurs on the face

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LPLK - South East Skin Clinic

Lichen Planus like Keratosis (LPLK for short) is a type of inflamed lesion that starts off as another type of lesion.

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Keratoacanthoma - South East Skin Clinic

A Keratoacanthoma is a rapidly growing benign tumour that may look very similar to an SCC (Squamous Cell Carcinoma).

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Pyogenic Granuloma - South East Skin Clinic

Pyogenic Granuloma is a common benign growth that is likely to cause concern, and may cause troublesome bleeding.

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Benign Skin Lesions - Skin Cancer Clinic

Benign Lesions Commonly found at a routine Skin Check. Benign Lesions may cause concern because of the possibility of skin cancer, the lesion getting in ...

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Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans - South East Skin Clinic

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans is a rare type of cancer of the skin & the diagnosis will be made by the pathologist when an unusual skin lesion is removed for histology.

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