Rapid Assessment Skin Clinic


  • Objective is to provide fast access to diagnosis and treatment of suspicious moles and lesions.
  • Typical scheduling time will be within 4-6 weeks
  • During trial period, surgical excisions will be done one day per month
  • Follow ups, stitch removal and pathology review with (Nurse / Family Dr?) unless requires further excision or treatment referral

Actinic keratosis (solar keratosis)

The small, scaly patches caused by too much sun exposure commonly occur on the head, neck, or hands, but can be found elsewhere. They’re the early beginnings of skin cancer.


When is a mole a problem?

A mole is a benign growth of melanocyte skin cells, which give skin its colour. While very few moles become cancer, abnormal or atypical moles can develop into melanoma over time.


Know your ABCDE

Most moles on a person’s body look similar to one another. A mole or freckle that looks different from the others or that has a diameter larger than 6mm or any characteristics of the ABCDE of melanoma should be checked by a doctor.


Know your ABCDE: ‘A’ is for asymmetry

Asymmetry means one half of a mole does not match the other half. Normal moles are symmetrical. When checking your moles or freckles, draw an imaginary line through the middle and compare the two halves.


Know your ABCDE: ‘B’ is for border

If the border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred or irregular, these need to be checked.


Know your ABCDE: ‘C’ is for colour

A mole that does not have the same colour throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white or red is suspicious. Normal moles are usually a single shade of colour. A mole of many shades or that has lightened or darkened should be checked.


Know your ABCDE: ‘D’ is for diameter

A mole is suspicious if the diameter is larger than 6mm. Benign moles are usually less than 6 mm (a quarter of an inch) in diameter.


Know your ABCDE: ‘E’ is for evolution

A mole that is evolving – shrinking, growing larger, changing colour, begins to itch or bleed – should be checked or if a portion of the mole appears elevated or raised from the skin. Melanoma lesions often grow in size or change in height rapidly.



Melanoma is not as common as other types of skin cancer, but it’s the most serious and potentially deadly. Melanoma can vary in appearance.


Squamous cell carcinoma

This non-melanoma skin cancer may appear as a firm red nodule, a scaly growth that bleeds or develops a crust, or a sore that doesn’t heal. It most often occurs on the nose, forehead, ears, lower lip, hands and other areas of the body exposed to the sun. Squamous cell carcinoma is curable if caught and treated early. If the skin cancer becomes more advanced, treatment will depend on the stage of cancer.


Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and easiest to treat skin cancer. Because basal cell carcinoma spreads slowly, it occurs mostly in adults. Basal cell tumours can take on many forms, including a pearly white or waxy bump, often with visible blood vessels, on the ears, neck or face. Tumours can also appear as a flat, scaly, flesh-coloured or brown patch on the back or chest, or more rarely, a white, waxy scar.


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