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The results are out! Dr.Down has completed another highly successful year in his local surgery in Airlie Beach. “We have been particularly thrilled to achieve such a high cure rate in melanomas” says Dr.Down, “Over 91% of melanomas were discovered by people attending for skin checks they had no idea such a potentially lethal disease was present. These Superficial melanomas were at level 1 which means that they are 100% curable with no risk that the cancer has spread anywhere else.”
With Australia being the highest risk country in the world for melanoma, and Queensland the highest risk in the country, it pays to take precautions. “Melanoma is a cancer of the young” reports Dr.Down, “Your skin is constantly replacing itself and a quick check up once a year could save your life.” Anyone aged 18-55 should have a regular skin check every 12 months, and those with family history of melanoma or breast and colon cancer are even higher risk.
A check up at our local Specialists Surgery is eligible for Medicare rebates. Come direct or with a GP referral. Skin checks by a trained Dermoscopist have the best detection rate for skin cancer, far superior than to any "Mole Scan" computer systems.
If you do require a procedure, it can usually be dealt with cosmetically there and then, come to the expert who does this for a living. Dr.Down has years of experience and performed over 3,500 procedures last year. He specialises in the use of flaps (95%) rather than unsightly grafts where necessary. There’s no need to travel to get a great cosmetic result , book an appointment today at our convenient surgery located in the heart of Airlie Beach. It could save your life.
Exercise your Medicare right to choose the specialist who operates on you.
Summary of Results
|New Patient Consultations
|Sun Cancers treated
|All Malignant Melanomas
|No. of Level 1 Melanomas*
|Basal Cell Cancer
|Squamous Cell Cancer
(Moles changing to Melanoma)
|Total Procedures Performed*
2015* 5 months data only
Level 1 melanomas* Not recognisable on sight, no spread to other systems, 100% cure
Procedures performed* All procedures including benign or unsightly moles, skin cancers, tumours, abscess, In-growing hairs and toenails, plus other emergency and general surgery.
Nearly 50% of patients are being managed for Cancer
*Clinic was open from 1st July 2016 until April 1st 2017, then closed for Cyclone Repairs and reopened from July 4th 2017.