EARLY MELANOMA DIAGNOSIS SAVING LIVES IN HEYWOOD
A small hand-held device known as a Dermatoscope is proving to be a valuable asset in the early detection of melanoma for patients visiting their doctor at Heywood Rural Health.
Funded through the United Way Glenelg Community Fund, a Dermatoscope enables doctors to view the surface of a patient’s skin microscopically to evaluate pigments in the skin, making it easier to diagnose melanoma.
Jacki Barnett, Community Health Hub Manager at Heywood Rural Health and Leonie Bartlett, Medical Clinic Practice Manager said, “ the aim is to detect the onset of melanoma in the early phases to minimize the risk of complications.”
“Already the equipment has proven to be valuable with 5 patients receiving early skin cancer diagnoses during routine GP visits.”
“Prior to purchasing a Dermatoscope, Heywood Rural Health struggled to provide patients with timely and efficient skin checks, the addition of the equipment will significantly enhance this process.” Ms Barnett said.