Skin imag­ing de­tects early can­cer signs

Whitsunday Times - - LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD -

FACT: Two out of three Aus­tralians will de­velop skin can­cer.

Although it is win­ter, don’t think you’re in the clear, as the sun still beams – and more so in the Whit­sun­days.

Have you no­ticed a sore that will not heal? A new mole that looks un­usual?

A mole that has re­cently changed colour, size, shape or has started to itch or bleed?

Spots of lumps that bleed easily when rubbed?

New lumps and bumps of any colour or crusty, scal­ing spots or scabs?

These are all risk fac­tors for skin can­cer.

Dr Ye­hia El-Baky and his team at 121 Med­i­cal Cen­tre are do­ing their part to put an end to skin can­cers with in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy.

They use MoleMax 3, a log­i­cal tech­nol­ogy step to­wards an ad­vanced dig­i­tal im­age cap­ture sys­tem.

It’s a specif­i­cally de­signed hand-held cam­era that has the abil­ity to mag­nify a mole up to 100 times.

It uses spe­cialised light to look through the skin, al­low­ing a clear view of the struc­ture of the mole. This tech­nol­ogy has the ca­pa­bil­ity to help doc­tors in the early de­tec­tion of melanoma.

In the five years 121 Med­i­cal Cen­tre has owned the MoleMax 3, Dr El-Baky has re­moved 43 melanomas.

He en­cour­ages ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially those liv­ing in the trop­ics, to al­ways be mind­ful of their skin.

A harm­less skin check is all it takes to put your con­cerns at rest or take ac­tion.

“I will ex­am­ine the spot and, depend­ing on the di­ag­no­sis, may elect to treat it, mon­i­tor it or re­as­sure you that harm­less,” he said.

There are three main types of skin can­cer – basal cell car­ci­noma, squa­mous cell car­ci­noma and melanoma.

Basal cell car­ci­noma is the most com­mon and least dan­ger­ous form of skin can­cer, ap­pear­ing as a red, pale or pearly lump.

Squa­mous cell car­ci­noma is not as dan­ger­ous as melanoma. It ap­pears as a thick­ened, red scaly spot that may bleed easily and gen­er­ally ap­pears on skin of­ten ex­posed to the sun.Early stages of melanoma can re­sem­ble moles.

What is most re­mark­able about the MoleMax 3 is that it stores all im­ages of moles and le­sions for fu­ture com­par­i­son.

To book a skin check with 121 Med­i­cal Cen­tre, phone 4946 4622.

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