Skin Cancer Clinic

Skin Integrity Offers the Following Advantages:

 
Specialists in Skin Cancer Medicine
  • Dr Stephen Wassall and Dr Andrew Webster have both completed Post Graduate University training in Skin Cancer Medicine. This is very different from a Certificate which are often awarded for attending a weekend workshop. Always check the qualifications of your Skin Cancer Doctor - many have no post graduate training in this area.
Bulk Billing for Age Pensioners
  • There is no out of pocket expense for skin checks and procedures performed on Age Pensioners and DVA Patients. The consultation fee for a standard skin check for others is $85 (medicare rebate $38.20).  Concession Card Holders and children under 16 receive a discounted consultation fee on $75.  Skin biopsies and cryotherapy (freezing) performed at the time of consultation is bulk billed for all patients. More complicated procedures performed in our Operating Theatre may incur an out of pocket expense for non-pensioners which will be discussed at the time of booking.
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  • Experts in Dermoscopy
    • Our doctors are experts in dermoscopy. This technique allows visualisation of structures beneath the skin and is the best way of diagnosing melanoma early. 
  • Digital Imaging
  • Non-surgical Photodynamic Therapy
    • Skin Integrity offers Photodynamic Therapy as a non-surgical alternative for treating certain skin cancers and pre-cancerous sun spots.
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Skin Cancer Facts and Figures

  • Skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.
  • Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
  • GPs in Australia have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer. Around 434,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers. In 2007, 448 people died of the disease.
  • More than 10,300 people are treated for melanoma, with 1279 people dying in 2007 alone.
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in people aged 15-44 years.
  • Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in both women and men.
  • Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world, at nearly four times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.
  • The rate of melanoma incidence in women has risen by an average of 0.7% a year between 1993 and 2003 – a total increase of 6.8% over this decade. For men, the rate has risen by 1.7% a year, a total of 18.7% over the same period.
  • The five-year relative survival rate for melanoma is 90% for Australian men and 95% for Australian women.
  • Skin cancer is the most expensive cancer. In 2001, it was estimated the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer cost $264 million and melanoma $30 million. 
  • GP consultations to treat non-melanoma skin cancer increased by 14% between 1998-2000 and 2005-2007 – from around 836,500 to 950,000 visits each year.

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Skin Cancer
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Enquiries & Appointments Phone: (02) 4384 6191


Skin Integrity is based in Terrigal on the Central Coast of NSW.  Skin Integrity services clients from Terrigal, Wamberal, Erina, Gosford, Woy Woy, Umina, Bateau Bay, The Entrance, Wyong, Tuggerah, Kanwal and other areas of the Central Coast, Newcastle and Sydney.