Helping beat skin cancer
Doctor says early detection vital
SKIN cancer is one of the most common causes of death in Australia but experts have revealed that if detected early, treatment can be much more effective.
Grace Family Practice and Skin Care principal Dr Preshy Varghese said people need to check their skin regularly for any changes while examinations by a doctor who specialises in skin cancer could be crucial.
“Specialised equipment like Dermoscope is a very good measure in preventing some skin cancers from spreading to the liver, lungs and brain,” he said.
“The sad part about skin cancer is that it can occur in any age group even though risk increases with age.”
Dr Varghese said other risk factors include a previous history of skin cancers or a family history of skin cancers, Caucasian with white skin and red hair, those who have lot of exposure to sunlight or solariums, those who have more than 10 abnormal looking moles (dysplastic moles).
“Annual skin checks are recommended for those who are in high-risk category while sun protection is very important to prevent skin cancers,” he said.
Dr Varghese said the best sun protection is to avoid direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm, wear fulllength clothing, apply sunscreen lotions of at least SPF30 and to wear wide-brim hats and sunglasses.
Dr Varghese established the Grace Skin and Vein Centre in Bundaberg after developing an interest in dermatology, skin cancer medicine and varicose vein treatment. Initially trained as a general surgeon in the UK where he completed his fellowship with the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr Varghese moved to Australia where he earned his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practice.
He also completed a Masters in Skin Cancer Medicine at the University of Queensland and a Diploma in Dermoscopy at the Skin Cancer College Australasia.
“I am proud to not only be one of the accredited skin cancer doctors by Skin Cancer College of Australasia, but to also have my Diploma of Dermatology and be a certified sclerotherapist by Australian College of Phlebology,” he said.
“I started Grace Skin and Vein Centre as a purposebuilt clinic for the advanced diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and also advanced treatment of varicose veins.
“The clinic has facilities for screening of various skin cancers including melanomas, squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas with the help of a computerised skin-scanning machine (Dermdoc).
“The clinic also has the services of Dr Chris Thelander who also has advanced training and experience in skin cancer surgery.
“With a special interest in head and neck skin cancer surgeries, Dr Thelander has undergone training in general and plastic surgery.”
CHECK IT OUT: Dr Preshy Varghese from the Grace Skin and Vein Centre at Bundaberg