The Gardens Skin Cancer Clinic uses Molemax video dermoscopy with up to 40x magnification to enhance our ability to detect skin cancers at their earliest stage. A dermatoscope is a device which enables the doctor to see features of the mole or skin lesion that are not apparent to the naked eye and which might be the only clues that the lesion is actually a skin cancer. Dermoscopy is used to improve accuracy in diagnosis of both melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer and helps avoid unnecessary excisions.

Basal cell carcinoma

Intra-epidermal carcinoma (Bowen’s disease)

We are also able to take photographs of moles that look a little unusual but lack the diagnostic features of melanoma. Typically, a further photo would be taken 3 and possibly 6 months later and if any change is detected, the mole would be excised.

This forehead lesion was not considered abnormal enough to require immediate excision however was followed up with serial photography which revealed subtle change.

Excision was performed with histology showing melanoma in situ (lentigo maligna subtype). Melanoma in situ is melanoma in its earliest form and therefore has an excellent prognosis.