Looking after your skin
Skin cancer is one of the major causes of death in Australia.
Skin cancer is more common in Australia than anywhere else in the world. This is largely due to our pale skins and frequent sun exposure. Skin cancers can occur anywhere on the body and can spread.
However, they can be cured if detected in their early stage. We recommend everyone over 40 have a regular skin check at least every year. This should be viewed as part of normal preventative health care, like having your blood pressure or cholesterol checks.
If anyone in your family has been diagnosed with melanoma, then you have a much higher risk yourself. We recommend patients with a family history of melanoma have annual checks from the age of 15, as children can (rarely) develop this dangerous form of skin cancer.
If you notice a new or changing mole, or a sore that is bleeding or not healing, or an enlarging lump on the skin whatever its colour, you should have it checked.
Our Skin Clinic is equipped with the latest German made Fotofinder® mole scanner. This state of the art machine is designed to detect abnormal moles, as well as having the unique ability to detect new or changing moles in subsequent examinations.
Dr Williams and Dr Climie have undergone special training in the use of the Fotofinder.
Appointments are available now.
Our Skin Clinic Doctors:
Dr. Jennifer Williams
Dr Jenny Williams, after a time spent in Pathology at the Royal Hobart Hospital, has been a General Practitioner in the Kingborough area for around 35 years. As well as being a family medicine practitioner, she has had an interest in medical education, training many new GPs. Since the advent of new technologies to assess skin lesions around 10 years ago, she has had a specific interest in skin cancer medicine. She has had extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions in the primary care setting.
Dr. Jeff Lifshen
Dr Jeff Lifshen was raised in Toronto, Canada, studying medicine at Ottawa University (graduating in 2002) and family medicine at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver (graduating in 2004). Shortly thereafter, he moved to Western Australia and worked in General Practice, Emergency and Skin Cancer Medicine in suburban, rural and remote communities in WA for much of the next 10 years. Dr. Lifshen has a keen interest in Skin Cancer Medicine, tailoring his career to this field after both his own and his father’s melanoma diagnoses. Seeking a more relaxed, outdoors lifestyle and a more temperate climate in which to raise their daughters, Jeff and his wife Ann, moved to Hobart in early 2015 and have quickly fallen in love with their new hometown. Away from work, Jeff enjoys cooking (and eating), traveling and sports.