Early Signs of Skin Cancer

At My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise, we’re committed to your health and well-being. Skin cancer, a prevalent concern in Australia, often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. This article aims to enlighten you about the early signs of skin cancer, empowering you with knowledge for proactive health management.

Table of Contents

Key Takeaways

  • Early Detection is Crucial: Recognising early signs can significantly improve treatment outcomes.
  • Sun Protection is Essential: Regular use of sunscreen and protective clothing reduces skin cancer risk.
  • Regular Skin Checks are Vital: Schedule routine examinations for early skin cancer detection.
  • Be Aware of Risk Factors: Understand personal and environmental factors contributing to skin cancer.
  • Stay Informed and Proactive: Keep updated on skin health and seek medical advice for any concerns.

Understanding Skin Cancer

Skin cancer emerges from the abnormal proliferation of skin cells, frequently attributed to extensive sun exposure. In Australia, renowned for its sunny disposition, the incidence of skin cancer is unfortunately high. Recognising this, our services at My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise are designed to emphasise the importance of early detection. Being vigilant about the signs and symptoms of skin cancer can be life-saving. Our dedicated team is committed to educating and assisting our patients in identifying these early signs, ensuring prompt and effective care.

Early Signs to Watch Out For

  1. New Moles or Growth: Unusual moles or growths that change in size, shape, or colour should be a red flag.
  2. Asymmetry in Moles: Moles that lack symmetry are concerning.
  3. Border Irregularities: Watch out for moles with uneven borders. This could be an early sign of melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer.
  4. Colour Changes: A mole that changes colour or has multiple colours is a warning sign.
  5. Diameter and Evolution: Moles larger than a pencil eraser or those that evolve over time need medical attention.

Prevention and Protection

  • Sun Protection: Regular use of sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours are crucial.
  • Regular Skin Checks: Early detection through regular skin checks can make a significant difference.

When to Seek Medical Advice

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you observe any of these indicators. Early intervention is crucial in the successful treatment of skin cancer.

Risk Factors Beyond Sun Exposure

While sun exposure is a primary risk factor for skin cancer, there are other elements to consider:

  • Family History: Genetics can play a significant role. Individuals with a family history of skin cancer are at a higher risk.
  • Skin Type: People with fair skin, light hair, and eyes are more susceptible to the damaging effects of UV radiation.
  • Age Factor: The risk increases with age, as the cumulative effect of sun exposure adds up.
  • Past Sunburns: Even occasional sunburns, especially those that blister, can significantly increase the risk of skin cancer.

Types of Skin Cancer

For early identification, it is essential to comprehend the many forms of skin cancer:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): The most common yet least dangerous type of skin cancer. It grows slowly and rarely spreads.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): This type is more likely to spread but is highly treatable when caught early.
  • Melanoma: The most aggressive form of skin cancer. For treatment to be successful, early detection is essential.

The ABCDE Rule of Skin Cancer

The ABCDE rule is a simple way to remember the warning signs of melanoma:

  • A for Asymmetry: When two moles are not identical to one another.
  • B for Border: Irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border.
  • C for Colour: Varied shades of tan, brown, black, and sometimes red, white, or blue.
  • D for Diameter: Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
  • E for Evolving: Any skin lesion or mole that is changing in size, form, or colour or that differs from the others in appearance.

Lifestyle Changes for Prevention

Prevention is better than cure, especially with skin cancer. The following lifestyle adjustments can be beneficial:

  • Avoid Tanning Beds: UV radiation from tanning beds can raise the risk of skin cancer.
  • Use Sunscreen Year-Round: Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. Use it throughout the year on exposed skin.
  • Wear Protective Clothing: Hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts can provide an extra layer of protection.
  • Seek Shade: The sun is at its brightest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Role of Regular Doctor Visits

Regular check-ups with your GP at My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise can help in early detection. During these visits, your doctor can:

  • Examine Your Skin: A thorough skin examination to spot any unusual moles or skin changes.
  • Discuss Your Risk Factors: Understanding your personal and family medical history to assess your risk.
  • Provide Personalised Advice: Tailored recommendations based on your skin type and lifestyle.

Technological Advances in Skin Cancer Detection

Advancements in medical technology have enhanced skin cancer detection:

  • Dermoscopy: A non-invasive method that provides a magnified view of the skin, helping doctors spot cancerous changes.
  • Digital Mole Mapping: A technique for tracking changes in moles over time, useful for individuals with a high number of moles.

The Importance of Patient Education

At My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge. Understanding the signs of skin cancer and the importance of prevention can make a significant difference in outcomes. We encourage our patients to:

  • Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest information on skin cancer prevention and treatment.
  • Be Proactive: Don’t wait for symptoms to worsen. If you notice any changes in your skin, schedule an appointment immediately.

Support and Resources

Dealing with a skin cancer diagnosis can be challenging. We provide support and resources to help our patients through this journey:

  • Counselling Services: Emotional support for patients and their families.
  • Educational Materials: Brochures and online resources to understand the condition better.
  • Referral to Specialists: If needed, we refer patients to dermatologists or oncologists for specialised care.

Community Involvement and Awareness

Raising awareness about skin cancer is a community effort. My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise participates in community events and campaigns to spread the word about skin cancer prevention and the importance of regular skin checks.

Embracing a Holistic Approach to Skin Health

At My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise, we advocate for a holistic approach to skin health. This means looking beyond just the physical symptoms and understanding the lifestyle and environmental factors that contribute to skin well-being. We encourage our patients to:

  • Maintain a Healthy Diet: Nutrition plays a crucial role in skin health. A diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can boost the skin’s defence against UV damage.
  • Stay Hydrated: Adequate hydration is essential for maintaining skin elasticity and health.
  • Manage Stress: High stress levels can negatively impact your skin, potentially worsening conditions like psoriasis or eczema, which can mask or complicate the detection of skin cancers.

Building a Community of Awareness

Our commitment extends beyond the clinic. We strive to build a community that’s aware and educated about skin cancer risks. By hosting workshops, participating in local events, and maintaining an active online presence, we aim to keep the conversation about skin health alive and relevant.

Your Partner in Skin Health

Remember, at My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise, we’re more than just your healthcare provider; we’re your partner in maintaining optimal skin health. Together, let’s work towards a future where skin cancer is no longer a common concern but a rare occurrence. Stay vigilant, stay informed, and let us help you keep your skin healthy and cancer-free.


At My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise, your health is our utmost priority. If you’re concerned about any skin changes, please get in touch with us. Early detection is your best defence against skin cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common sign is a new growth or a change in an existing mole or spot.

It’s recommended to check your skin every month.

Yes, most skin cancers can be cured if detected and treated early.

Skin checks should start from adolescence, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer.

While sun exposure is a significant risk factor, other factors like genetics also play a role.

Yes, skin cancer can develop even without a history of sunburn.

Podiatrist Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke is a Podiatrist who specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of pain in the foot, ankle and lower limb. Paul has worked amongst multidisciplinary clinical settings including GP’s, Podiatric Surgeons, Vascular Surgeons & Specialists, Chronic disease specialists and Podiatrists who specialise in Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications. Paul is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Paul has a reputation for being particularly skilled and precise with a scalpel. His professional clinical interests include but are not limited to:

  • Toe nail surgeries (both PNA/TNA with matrix phenolisation). Toe and nail pathologies (Elongated nails, toe and nail deformity and fungal nail infections).
  • Achilles Tendonopathies (Trained in shockwave therapy). Heel pain (Plantar fasciitis, fat pad atrophy, nerve entrapment, apophysitis and osteochondrosis)
  • Ankle pathologies (Sprains, nerve impingements and tarsal coalitions)
  • Forefoot pathologies (Forefoot deformities/pain, Morton’s neuroma, bursitis, bunions and arthritis). Mid foot pathologies (Osteoarthritis and Tibial Post dysfunction/adult acquired flatfoot deformity)
  • Hip and lower back pain from mal foot alignment and tibial/femoral torsion
  • Paediatrics (Wart debridement, developmental growth milestones, orthotics, general assessments and deformities of the lower limb)
  • Diabetic assessments and education
  • Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications (Custom and off the shelf devices and biomechanical assessments).


Paul Clarke forms a great asset to any multidisciplinary clinical team. Renowned for his kind and warm nature, Paul tends to build great rapport with patients and medical professionals alike.

Physiotherapist Patrick Harrington

Patrick Harrington Physiotherapist, B Ex Sc, M Phty Patrick has a strong interest for learning about the human body and educating on the best ways to ensure successful rehabilitation when injured.

Patrick graduated Griffith University with a Bachelor in Exercise Science, followed by a Masters in Physiotherapy degree. With a background in competitive surf-lifesaving and swimming, he has a passion for treating and educating on injuries relating to the musculoskeletal system. Patrick approaches each individual patient by educating and empowering them, in order to achieve the best health outcomes possible.

Patrick’s professional interests include:

Musculoskeletal Injuries: Treating areas including shoulders, neck & lower back, ankles, hips, and wrists, by creating programs containing manual therapy and exercises to benefit each individual patient.

Cardiorespiratory Conditions: Education and use of a variety of breathing techniques, as well as walking programs to obtain the best health outcomes.

Neurological Conditions: Retraining of gait, developing muscle strength, and developing a specific program in order to restore deficits as much as possible.

Dietitian Kailey Henry

Kailey has a passion for food and learning how nutrients interact and influence the health of our bodies.
Kailey graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and has since been sharing her passion and expertise within the community through individual consultations and group education. Kailey takes a holistic and individualized approach to nutrition, with a focus on empowering each individual to make positive, lifelong lifestyle changes through achievable goals.

Kailey’s professional interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Paediatric nutrition and pregnancy/breastfeeding
  • Education & strategies for fussy eaters, faltering growth, meeting key nutrition recommendations for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Chronic disease management
  • Nutritional management of diabetes, cholesterol health, cardiovascular disease, COPD, renal disease and liver disease.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Minimising abdominal discomfort, improving altered bowel habits, education on food choices for self-management.

Dr Day Hong Ma

Qualifications: Currently registered in the Medical Council of Australia as a Vocational Registered GP and Specialist General Surgeon. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Adelaide, South Australia MBBS. Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and London Master degree in Skin Cancer Medicine in University of Queensland. Extensive experience in various aspects of General Practice. In the past I have been a Senior Lecturer of the University of Queensland and Assistant Professor of Bond University involving teaching medical students. I was a supervisor for the Royal Australasian College of General Practice, involved in training junior GP. I also trained many Overseas Trained Doctors. At the present time I am a GP with the following special interests : 1. Skin Cancers skin cancer checks with Mol Max and dermoscopy. I was awarded a Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy from the International Dermoscopy Society surgical excisions of complex skin cancers ( sun cancers and melanomas ) non surgical approach to some skin cancers and precancerous lesions such as Photo Dynamic Therapy and cautery and curettage. 2. Cosmetic Medicine This includes micro needling, platelet rich plasma, and injectables such as fillers and neuromuscular modulators. I have completed the training course under the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Australian Skin Skills Education and Training. Dr Ma also speaks Chinese Mandarin

Dr Greeshma Tummala

I am overseas trained GP and practiced for more than 5 years in India although completed AMC licensing exam here. In India, I have practiced in all aspects of general practice.

My areas of Interest are: Women’s Health, cervical cancer screening, Antenatal Care, Child Immunisations, Chronic Disease Management, Implanon Insertion and Removal, Mental Health, Pregnancy Counselling, Travel Vaccinations, Women’s Health, Medicinal Treatment.

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini

Qualifications: MBBS, AMC Certified, FRACGP, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Speaks: English, Balochi, Brahui, Hindi, and Urdu

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a highly experienced General Practitioner (GP) / Family Medicine Physician with a distinguished career spanning over 20 years in the field of healthcare. Renowned for his profound knowledge, comprehensive and compassionate approach, Dr. Tariq Jamaldini ensures that every family member, from infants to seniors, receives the individualised care they deserve. With a strong commitment to promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of his patients, Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has solidified his reputation as a trusted healthcare professional in the community. His medical practice is built on a foundation of integrity, empathy, and a genuine desire to improve the lives of those he treats. Through his dedication to continues learning and clinical excellence, he has expertly diagnosed, treated, and managed a wide range of health conditions, placing him at the forefront of Family Medicine.

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Tariq Jamaldini’s diverse expertise encompasses various areas of medicine, making him a well-rounded practitioner capable of addressing a wide range of patient needs. His dedication to improving the health and well-being of his patients continues to be the driving force behind his successful medical career. 

  • General Practice: Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a trusted General Practitioner (GP) who focuses on providing a wide range of general medical services to patients of all ages. Whether you need preventive care, health assessments, or treatment for common illnesses, you can trust Dr. Jamaldini to deliver compassionate and personalized healthcare with his holistic approach.  
  • Cosmetic Medicine: Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has been actively involved in performing cosmetic procedures since 2009. His interest in cosmetic medicine reflects his belief in the importance of helping patients look and feel their best. His expertise in cosmetic procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, PRP injections, allows him to provide patients with safe and effective solutions to enhance their appearance and boost their confidence.
  • Skin Cancer: Tariq Jamaldini takes a proactive approach to skin cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. His comprehensive knowledge of skin cancer, coupled with his skill in performing screenings and providing treatment options, has saved many lives. 
  • Medicinal Prescriber: Tariq Jamaldini is a certified and authorized specialist prescriber for medicinal, helping patients manage chronic pain and various medical conditions with this alternative therapy. His thorough understanding of the medical benefits of ensures that patients receive the best possible care. 
  • Men’s Health: Tariq Jamaldini understands the unique healthcare needs of men and provides specialized services tailored to men’s health concerns. Whether its addressing issues related to prostate health, sexual health, hormonal imbalances, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculations, hair loss or overall wellness, Dr. Jamaldini is here to support men in their healthcare journey.
  • Opioid Dependence Treatment: Dr Tariq Jamaldini has been a licensed opioid prescriber with Queensland Opioid Treatment Program since 2013. During this time, he has successfully treated and stabilized a significant number of patients who were struggling with opioid dependency. If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of opioid addiction, Dr. Jamaldini provides compassionate and evidence-based treatment choices. His steady dedication is focused on assisting individuals in their journey to overcome addiction and reclaim their health and overall well-being.

Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini dedication to providing high-quality healthcare, combined with his multifaceted expertise, makes him a respected and valued member of the medical community. His patients appreciate his unwavering commitment to their well-being and the comprehensive care he provides across various medical disciplines.

Book an online appointment or call: 07 55922299

Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril

General Practitioner, Male, MBBS, AMC, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.Speaks Malayalam, and English  Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril is a vocationally qualified and experienced General Practitioner from India having completed his Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India in 2002. He started his medical career in various medical facilities in Kerala, India. He moved to Australia in 2007 and commenced working at Alice Springs Hospital, NT. He has since worked in hospitals in Melbourne, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and commenced General Practice in 2016 in Kilcoy QLD followed by North Stradbroke Island and Beaudesert. He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners in 2021. Dr Altaf has special interests in Chronic Disease Management, Acute Management and Mental health amongst other areas of General Practice. He also performs skin cancer checks and minor skin procedures. Dr Altaf speaks Malayalam in addition to English.  

Areas of interest:

  • General Family Medicine
  • Mens health
  • Chronic disease management
  • Health assessments
  • Mental health
  • Skin cancer Checks
  • Minor surgical procedures.

Dr Paul Fisher

Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Dip RACOG) Dr.Fisher qualified as a Pharmacist before completing a medical degree at The University of Tasmania. After working in hospitals & General Practice in Tasmania & Queensland, He commenced work at My Doctors Clinic (formerly The Day & Night Medical Centre) 20 years ago. He is a Medical Officer in The Air Force Reserve & has worked as a Doctor for the Defence Department over the past 30 years. Paul is interested in all areas of General Practice with a special interest in Mental Health (He is a Doctor for Beyond Blue), Obstetrics (Maternity) & Diabetes.