Skin Clinic

Forest Hill skin cancer clinic ( or whatever name we choose ) is a professional clinic dedicated to providing high-quality skin cancer management to our community. We offer full body skin checks, spot checks, biopsies of suspicious lesions, and treatment options for management of different types of skin cancers – both surgical and non-surgical.

No referral required!

Dr Aman Randhawa

MBBS, FRACGP , Masters of skin cancer medicine University of Queensland( in his final year now)

Dr Aman has a keen interest in the detection, treatment, and prevention of Skin Cancer. He graduated from medical school in 2002. Since obtaining his fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioner, he developed interest in skin cancer medicine and subsequently enrolled in the prestigious Master’s degree in skin cancer in 2018 ( MMed University of Queensland). Aman has recently moved to Melbourne from Bendigo. He has provided quality skin cancer care to the Bendigo community for the past 3 years and is committed to carry on his work in Melbourne now. Aman performs thorough skin examinations in a caring and professional manner. He offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for skin cancers.

When outside his clinical work, Aman enjoys his time with his young family and is passionate about cricket and tennis.

Type of skin cancers and treatment options:

Skin cancer most commonly affects older adults, but it can also affect younger adults, and rarely, children.
Skin cancer tends to affect individuals with fair skin (Fitzpatrick skin phototype I, II and III), although people with darker skin can also develop skin cancer.

People who have had skin cancer have an increased risk of developing other skin cancers. A family history of skin cancer also increases risk.

Skin cancer is the out-of-control growth of abnormal cells in the epidermis, the outermost skin layer, caused by unrepaired DNA damage that triggers mutations. These mutations lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. The main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma.

  1. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC):

BCC is the most common form of skin cancer and often develops on skin areas typically exposed to the sun, especially the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders and back. BCCs can be locally destructive if not detected and treated early. Very rarely, these cancers can metastasize (spread to other parts of the body) and can be fatal.

Treatment Options include:

Curettage and electrodesiccation (electrosurgery)

Mohs surgery

Excisional surgery

Radiation therapy

Photodynamic therapy

Cryosurgery

Topical medications

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC):

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin is the second most common form of skin cancer. SCCs can appear as scaly red patches, open sores, or raised growths. They may crust over, itch or bleed. The lesions most commonly arise in sun-exposed areas of the body, however can also occur in other areas, including the genitals.

Like BCCs, most SCCs can be easily treated by surgery. If untreated, SCCs can spread to other parts of the body and even become deadly.

Other treatment options include:

Curettage and electrodesiccation (electrosurgery) - for thin small lesions

Mohs surgery

Radiation therapy

Cryosurgery - for thin small lesions

Topical medications - for thin small lesions

Melanoma:

Melanoma is a potentially serious form of skin cancer. About 75% of melanomas arise from otherwise normal-appearing skin, rest can begin within a mole which starts to change appearance.

Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body. Usually, they present as odd-looking moles/freckles and may have a variety of colours. Sometimes they lack pigment and thus can give the appearance of a faint red flat spot or a raised pink/red lump.

There are different forms of melanomas and treatment depends on the type and staging. Surgery remains the mainstay of management.

In most cases early detection generally leads to favourable prognosis. Advanced cases however can be difficult to treat and are usually managed in specialised centres. Promising new treatment options are improving quality of life and increasing survival rates for patients with advanced melanoma.

Skin Checks:

A skin check involves a head to toe skin examination, including areas not normally exposed to sunlight. The doctor will take a short history , explain the process, and examine suspicious spots using a hand held microscope called a dermatoscope. Appointment can take 20 to 30 minutes. It is normal to undress down to underwear during skin check. Your doctor can provide you with a sheet to cover the areas not being examined.

Suspicious lesions are usually biopsied which involves removing a small piece of skin and sending it to the lab for diagnostic purposes. Further management will depend on the biopsy results. Your doctor will discuss treatment options with you.

Tips before your appointment:

1

Make notes of any lesions on the skin that you are particularly concerned about

2

Remove makeup and nail polish

3

Bring your medicare/concession card

Services and Pricing:

For most skin cancers, a number of effective treatments including excisions/skin flaps can usually be performed in our clinic, using a local anaesthetic with minimal pain. Complex and large lesions will be appropriately referred for further management.

Services

Out of pocket expense(after medicare rebate)

Full body skin check

$70

Single spot check

$30

Skin biopsy(single)

$35

Skin biopsy(multiple – on same day)

$35 – $50( total for all biopsies irrespective of the number)

Skin excisions (single)

$50

Skin excisions ( x2 )

$70 – $100( depending on the procedure and time involved)

DVA card holders will be bulk billed for all the services There will be a missed appointment or a late cancellation fee of $50

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