Skin Checks and treatment, Skin Cancer Clinic
Skin cancers are very common in Australia, mainly as a result of our climate and our love of spending time in the sun, along with the fact that many of us have fair skin.
The three major types of skin cancer are:
|Basal cell carcinoma: the most common form of skin cancer and begins in the epidermis (outer layer of skin|
|Squamous cell carcinoma: the second most commonn type of skin cancer, also begins in the epidermis|
|Melanoma: the most serious skin cancer, which begins in the skin cells called melanocytes that produce skin colour (meklanin).|
Early detection is an important step in the management of skin cancers and their associated risk.
Regular self-checks of your skin and noting any irregularities and changes in skin pigmentations and moles promotes early detection.
Visiting your GP and having an annual skin check is recommended. Skin cancers are found on the areas of our body that are not exposed to the sun and these may not be detected when self-checking.
All of our GPs perform skin cancer checks and we have a Skin Cancer Clinic here where the doctors remove skin cancers that do not need to be referred to a plastic surgeon for removal.
Asthma Action Plans
Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:
- The inside lining of the airways becomes red and swollen (inflammation)
- Extra mucus (sticky fluid) may be produced, which can block up airways
- Muscles around the airways squeeze tight. This is called ‘bronchoconstriction’
What should I do if I think I have asthma?
Note: If asthma is left untreated the long term inflammation of the airway can cause permanent damage to the airway. This can lead to Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD) so it’s important to see your doctor if you have any concerns.
These plans let you know what to do when you are feeling well, what to do when you are feeling unwell such as when you have a cold, and what to do when you are having an asthma attack.
It is important to have these check-ups even when you have not had an asthma attack for a long time as you are still at risk of having an attack and need to check that the medication you are taking (or not taking) is still appropriate for you.
Breast feeding advice
Make an appointment to speak to your doctor about
- sexual health
- flamily planning
What Exactly Is Menopause?
Well Women Checks
What is a Pap smear?In 1928, Dr Papanicolaou discovered that cells in the cervix change in appearance before they become cancerous. The Pap smear, named after the doctor, is used to check changes in the cervix (the neck of the womb) at the top of the vagina. It is a screening tool to find early warning signs that cancer might develop in the future.
The Pap smear is a simple procedure. Cells are collected from the cervix and placed (smeared) onto a slide. The slide is sent to a laboratory where the cells are tested for anything unusual. If abnormal changes are found at screening, further tests will be done to see if treatment is needed.
The Pap smear is not for diagnosing cancer, but rather, for finding early changes which might become cancer.
A Pap smear only takes a few minutes. No drugs or anaesthetics are required and it can be done by a general practitioner, nurse or women's health worker.
The Pap smear does not check for other problems in the reproductive system including ovarian cancer. It is not a check for sexually transmitted infections. Women who are worried that they may have a sexually transmitted infection should talk to their general practitioner about the tests and treatments available.
What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?In the early stages of cervical cancer, there are usually no symptoms. The only way to detect changes is if you have a Pap smear.
If you have any abnormal vaginal bleeding (such as intermittent bleeding, bleeding after sex or after menopause), abnormal or persistent vaginal discharge (bloody or offensive), or pelvic pain, you should see your general practitioner.
Your GP will do your pap smear and skin check and if requested a breast check.
Alternately you can book in with the RN for your pap smear.
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