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What is a cyst?

A cyst is a sac like pocket of membranous tissue that contains fluid, air, or other substances.

Cysts can grow almost anywhere in your body or under your skin. There are many different types of cysts.

Most cysts are benign, or noncancerous. The types of cysts Dr Sharp most commonly removes are:

  • Epidermoid
  • Sebaceous
  • Ganglion

Whether a cyst needs treatment depends on a number of factors, including:

  • the type of cyst 
  • the location of the cyst
  • if the cyst is causing pain or discomfort
  • whether the cyst is infected

Cysts are normally removed under local anaesthetic in our minor procedure rooms in South Brisbane and Ipswich.

What is a mole?

A nevus, or mole, is an area of growth on the skin. Some moles are present at birth, while others develop over the course of your lifetime. Many of the moles that develop during adulthood are related to sun exposure and effects on melanin production.

While mostly thought of as brown, moles can come in a variety of colors, including red, pink, and flesh-colored. Some may also have hairs that grow from them. Most moles are benign, but it’s still important to keep an eye on them for any changes that could indicate cancer growth.

What does it cost to have a mole or cyst removed?

The cost of this procedure will differ depending on whether or not your lesion can be removed in our clinic (as an in-rooms minor procedure) or whether it needs to be done in a hospital.
If the lesion can be safely removed in our rooms, the gap fee is $500 for a single lesion, $550 for two or $600 for three.
Dr Sharp can advise whether this is applicable upon examination.

Do I have a mole or skin cancer?

This question is almost certainly best answered by a skin check doctor or your GP.

Almost all of us have moles. Moles are not normally present at birth, but appear in childhood and early teenage years. By the age of 15, Australian children have an average of more than 50 moles.

Normal moles usually look alike. See your doctor if a mole looks different or if a new mole appears after the age of 25. The more moles a person has, the higher the risk of melanoma.

  • Harmless coloured spots that range from 1mm to 10mm.
  • Uniform in shape and even coloured. May be raised.
  • The more moles or freckles you have the higher your risk of skin cancer.
  • May have uneven borders and multiple colours like brown and black.
  • Observe moles carefully for any sign of change.
  • Although you may notice one or more skin changes, it does not necessarily mean that you have skin cancer, however it is important that you visit your GP to have them investigated further.
  • Your GP can discuss your skin cancer risk and advise you on your need for medical checks or self-examination.
  • It can be difficult to know whether something on your skin is a harmless mole or normal sun damage, or a sign of cancer. When in doubt, speak to your GP.
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