SAVE YOUR SKIN: Dr Peter Amadi of Dermatech Skin Clinic in Maryborough has completed a Master of Medicine in the field of skin cancer.
SAVE YOUR SKIN: Dr Peter Amadi of Dermatech Skin Clinic in Maryborough has completed a Master of Medicine in the field of skin cancer. Annie Perets

The scariest thing about most skin cancers

MOST skin cancers don't show many symptoms.

That's what makes it scary.

Skin cancer specialist Dr Peter Amadi said colour change was the most obvious symptom of skin cancer.

"It generally starts as something that's different from what your skin colour is, like subtle pigmentation," he said.

"If there are symptoms, it'll be irritation, sometimes pain, or a burning sensation.

"For example melanoma has a high mortality incident, but it's when the original cancer is left untreated that the real problems starts."

Dr Amadi has taken treatment of the disease to the next level, recently graduating with a Master of Medicine specialising in skin cancer.

"Queensland has some of the world's largest rates of skin cancer," he said.

"It felt like a challenge and grew into an interest."

"Every doctor can see something and cut it off, but it takes a bit more training to know when to cut, when not to cut. and what treatment to give.

"And the quality care also effects the expenses, where they can possibly get the treatment cheaper."

The Dermatech Skin Clinic is also equipped to find the deadly skin cancer best.

One of their machines completes a full body scan of patients and detects suspicious skin lesions, and monitors the entire skin.

"The machine shows the good, the bad, and the ugly," Dr Amadi said.

"Some may be ugly but not sinister, which is where you need human experience and knowledge to analyse the data. Dr Amadi originally became a qualified medical practitioner in 1995 in his home country of Nigeria.

His career took him to work in London before he eventually came to the Fraser Coast in 2010.

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