Skin imaging detects early cancer signs
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.