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Diagnosis through biopsies

Diagnosis through biopsies

Some skin spots are obviously cancerous, while others are more inconclusive and require further analysis. If the doctor finds a suspicious spot that shows signs of being skin cancer, they might need to perform a biopsy. A biopsy involves taking a small sample of skin to be analysed by a pathologist at a laboratory. This helps confirm the diagnosis, the depth of the cancer, and the extent to which it has spread, which allows us to determine the appropriate treatment.

All skin specimens are sent to a pathology laboratory, where they are analysed by a qualified dermatopathologist who specialises in diagnosing skin disorders. You can be assured that the correct diagnosis will be reached promptly and efficiently.

Over our years of experience, we have refined our techniques to perform biopsies as quickly and pain-free as possible.


There are three ways a biopsy can be performed:

  1. For a punch biopsy, the doctor uses a small tool to extract a tube-shaped sample of skin and some underlying tissue.
  2. A shave biopsy involves using a tool to scrape a small sample of tissue from the surface of the skin.
  3. An excision biopsy refers to the complete removal of the suspicious spot and a margin of surrounding tissue, usually through the use of a scalpel blade.

 

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Our Locations

  • Coorparoo, Queensland
  • Darling Downs, Queensland
  • New Town, Tasmania
  • Redcliffe, Queensland
  • Berwick, Victoria
  • Officer, Victoria
  • Albury, New South Wales
  • Gymea, New South Wales
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177 Old Cleveland Rd, Coorparoo QLD 4151
Working hours: Monday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Parking instructions: Free on-site parking is available under the building. Street parking is also available.
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68 Neil St, Toowoomba QLD 4350
Working hours: Monday to Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Parking instructions: Free on-site parking is available in the driveway alongside our clinic, alternatively street parking is available.
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137 New Town Road, New Town, TAS 7008
Working hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm. Select Saturday appointments available.
Parking instructions: Free parking is available in Roope Street and in the designated signed area behind the hotel next our centre. Please ensure you park in the spaces marked for the New Town Skin Cancer Centre.
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280 Oxley Ave, Margate QLD 4019
Working hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday: 8.00am - 6.00pm
Every second Saturday: 8.00am - 12.00pm
Parking instructions: There is free parking available on Oxley Avenue or in the neighbouring Woolworths car park.
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48 Van Der Haar Avenue, Berwick VIC 3806
Working hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 6.00pm. Saturday appointments available.
Parking instructions: Located off Princes Highway on the corner of Mansfield Street. Ample parking available at front door off Van Der Haar Avenue.
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Arena Shopping Centre, 26/4 Cardinia Rd Officer, VIC 3809
Working hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 6.00pm. Saturday appointments available.
Parking instructions: Located in Arena Shopping Centre next to Officer Medical Centre and The Dermatology Clinic. Entry is from Cardinia Road and Damon Street via controlled entry. There is ample free unmetered parking for our patients.
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Level 2 "The Gardens", 470 Wodonga Place, Albury NSW 2640
Working hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Parking instructions: There is two hour parking on Wodonga Place and Smollett Street, and within the Gardens' Medical Centre (entry via Smollett Street).
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367 President Avenue, Gymea NSW 2227
Working hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9.00am - 1.00pm | 2.00pm - 6.00pm, Friday: 9.00am - 2.00pm
Parking instructions: Off-street parking is available. Enter driveway off Hotham Road, located at the same traffic lights as President Private Hospital.

Other services

Full-body skin examinations

Full-body skin examinations

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Assessment with dermoscopy

Assessment with dermoscopy

The doctor will closely examine any unusual spots using a dermatoscope. This close-up perspective helps us assess ...

Skin imaging

Skin imaging

As part of our comprehensive approach to diagnosing and managing skin cancer, we can take photographs of your entire ...

Skin cancer treatments

Skin cancer treatments

The treatment you receive for skin cancer will depend on the type, size and location of the skin cancer, and whether it ...

Skin repair and rejuvenation

Skin repair and rejuvenation

We approach aesthetic medicine with the same level of respect and credibility as skin cancer medicine. We offer skin ...


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