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Nearest Centre: Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre

Nearest Centre: Monash Skin Cancer Centre

Nearest Centre: Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre

Nearest Centre: New Town Skin Cancer Centre

Nearest Centre: Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre

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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280 Oxley Ave, Margate QLD 4019
P: 07 3284 3030
Working hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Parking instructions: There is free parking available on Oxley Avenue or in the neighbouring Woolworths car park.
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245 Clayton Road, Clayton VIC 3168
P: 03 8513 0303
Working hours: 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Parking instructions: There is ample parking at the rear of the building, accessible via our main gate. There is also parking available in the side streets of Clayton Road and paid parking at the Monash Hospital opposite us.
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1/148 Chatsworth Rd, Coorparoo QLD 4151
P: 07 3324 0466
Working hours: 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Parking instructions: There is limited free parking on-site behind the building, accessible via Trundle Street. There is also free parking on Trundle Street.
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137 New Town Road, New Town, TAS 7008
P: 03 6228 0041
Working hours: 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Parking instructions: Free parking is available in Roope Street and in the designated signed area behind the Talbot Hotel.
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2/78 Margaret St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350
P: 07 4638 9299
Working hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Parking instructions: We are on the corner of Lindsay and Margaret Streets, opposite Queens Park. Street parking is available in addition to a small carpark behind the building, accessible via Wendt Lane. Two disabled parks are located at the front of the building.

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Full-body skin examinations

Full-body skin examinations

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Lesion analysis with dermoscopy

Lesion analysis with dermoscopy

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

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 ...

Patient education

Patient education

Your doctor will take the time to explain the whole process, from the skin check to the results of your biopsy, and ...