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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! - Skin Cancer Diagnosis,

Posted by Dr David Parsons on 11 February 2021

"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! " (1989) - A Metaphor for Microscopy in Skin Cancer Diagnosis

My kids watched this video dozens of times when they were young. The premise was that Dad wanted to invent a machine that would miniaturise objects to further scientific study. He was working on it in the attic but his kids and their friends accidentally made it work --- they were reduced to the size of a pin head. All of a sudden common household and garden features became a fearful world of dangers and monsters.

This story is a helpful metaphor for explaining how skin cancer diagnosis works using a hand-held microscope called a Dermatoscope. This device magnifies the skin structures more than 20 times. But it also has a special trickif you shine a bright light on skin the light is  reflected back at you and you just see a shiny surface layer of keratin. So the Dermatoscope has a polarising filter in it to sort out the reflection and let you look at the "three storey house" of the superficial skin layers that we are looking into.

We have to imagine ourselves miniaturised and exploring the "three storey house" for signs of the "monsters" of skin cancer. The three main types of skin cancer we commonly find are:

  1. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  3. Melanoma

BCC and melanoma arise in the ground floor of the housecalled the basement membrane of the skin. But by the time the cancer is big enough to see  through the Dermatoscope, the cancer cells have started to impact both the basement of the house, called the dermis in the skin, and the upper storey, or epidermis.SCC arises in the epidermis but quickly involves all three floors.

Through the Dermatoscope the doctor receives an enormous amount of information aboutwhat is going oninthethree storeys of thehouse. Interpreting this information takes dedicated training and experience. One Australian skin cancer expert likened it to deciding whether we were looking at "pussycats or tigers"tigers being the "monsters" of skin cancer.

This new field of scientific inquiry has taken off in the last 30 years. Because of our high skin cancer rates, Australia has been one of the leading countries in the world to study and teach it. Where skin cancer rates are highest in the communitysoutheast Queensland and northern NSW--- almost every GP has learnt this skill, and they now have the lowest death rates for skin cancer for the whole country.

So until you have your skin spots checked by a doctor with a hand-held Dermatoscope, you can't be sure you haven't a "tiger" hiding somewhere on your skin.

Need your skin checked? Call 5986 4229 or Book Online.

Posted in:Skin CancerSkin Health  

SKIN and Dermatology at Whole Medicine

Posted on 23 April 2020
SKIN and Dermatology at Whole Medicine
Skin cancer is the most common cause of cancer in this country, with our beautiful sunshine and gorgeous beaches, finding skin cancer is, unfortunately, more common than we all would like. Regular skin checks are becoming an essential part of our overall holistic health regime. Winter is the best time for a skin check because if you need any treatment, your skin will be healed in time for the summer. Many of us have to travel to Frankston to get our skin properly check, but now you have another option. Call us to find out about Derm Engine.

Social isolation and strict triaging including temperature checks are in place at Whole Medicine - so we can access high quality medicine and stay safe.
Posted in:Women's HealthMen's HealthSkin HealthHealth and Well BeingFamily GPMental Health  

Got more than one burning question about your health?

Posted on 22 October 2018
Got more than one burning question about your health?

Meet the Rosebud GPs with time for your whole health story

If you're proactive about your health, you might like to meet Whole Medicine's integrative GPs.

DR Marina Mc Pherson (MBBS, B. Sci (Biomedical) FRACGP

DR Marina has been practicing integrative family medicine for more than 10 years. She is passionate about educating people about their health - inspiring and empowering them to live their best and most optimal life.

Marina completed her studies in post-graduate medicine at Flinders University in 2005. She has undergone further training in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine  with the Australaisian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and loves incorporating these principals into her holistic approach. She believes that good wholesome food and a balanced lifestyle are the important foundations to good health. Her interests include gut and digestive health, women's health, thyroid and adrenal issues, chronic disease prevention, health optimisation, mental health, stress management, children's health and behavioural concerns and gentle non-punitive parenting guidance.

Outside of work, Marina enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 beautiful children. She loves discovering near and far nature walks (preferably by the water), keeping fit, reading, knitting, travelling and enjoying good food and coffee.

DR Margaret Evers (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr Evers is the owner of the practice and has been a GP for over 10 years. Prior to Whole Medicine she has practiced in Doncaster, Warrandyte, Wantirna and Collingwood. She has a young family so has first hand knowledge of what its like bringing up children. Dr Evers has strong expertise in women's and children's health in addition to her well rounded GP skillset. Dr Evers is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practioners (RACGP). Dr Evers is a member of ACNEM and the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.




Medicare rebates apply for all services.

Posted in:Women's HealthPreventative MedicineMen's HealthChildren's HealthSkin HealthChronic IllnessHealth and Well BeingFamily GP  

Looking for a different approach to your health?

Posted on 24 September 2018
Looking for a different approach to your health?

When treating your symptoms isn't enough

Whether you are a new mum, a baby boomer or a business owner, everyone wants to be well.

But, sadly, chronic disease is Australia's biggest health challenge with heart disease, obesity, cancer, cognitive impairment, arthritis and diabetes at epidemic proportions.

Dr Margaret Evers, Whole Medicine GP (MBBS, FRACGP), says the key to staying well is to take care of the whole spectrum of your health including the physical, mental, emotional and environmental factors.

"However, if disease does strike we are determined to address the underlying reasons why," she explains.

"With every episode of a diseased condition, we help patients understand what went wrong and how this could be prevented from happening again."

To do this, Whole Medicine doctors are empowered to treat all of the medical issues a regular GP does, but also practice evidence-based natural medicine to provide a holistic approach to your health.

If you need:

  • A doctor who in addition to their medical degree also has skills in evidence-based natural, non-drug therapies
  • An open-minded investigation into the cause, not just the symptoms
  • A detailed gathering of information to ensure your treatment plan has your big picture in mind
  • Caring doctors and nurses who allow the time to listen, support and educate every patient
  • Access to the best specialists, hospitals, procedures and investigations if required
  • Modern rooms and a relaxed environment
  • A selection of appointment times, fees and services to suit your needs
  • Access to an in-house dispensary

Contact Whole Medicine to book an appointment 03 5986 4229.

Posted in:Women's HealthPreventative MedicineMen's HealthChildren's HealthSkin HealthChronic IllnessHealth and Well BeingFamily GP  

Health trends and how lifestyle medicine can help

Posted on 18 April 2018
Health trends and how lifestyle medicine can help

Why Whole Medicine GPs combine evidenced-based, non-drug therapies with general practice.

There's no doubt over the past 100 years our medical needs have changed. We die less of pneumonia, accidents and epidemics like polio or diphtheria. Instead, we succumb more to diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke and dementia.

What's more, recent research confirms the underlying cause of these killer diseases is chronic, low grade inflammation as a result of poor lifestyle. That's why lifestyle medicine is at the foundation of our practice at Whole Medicine.

Why our practice is different

We believe good medicine takes time.

It's difficult to teach and support you through lifestyle change or address a health condition in a 10-minute consult. That's why our first appointment is longer because we want to get to know you and help you explore all of the integrative aspects of your health.

Once we understand your health status, we can equip you with ways to optimise it. To help, we offer two types of new patient appointments.

  1. 30-minutes for straightforward needs or someone simply looking to engage with a good GP.
  2. 45-minutes for those who want to explore a particular issue.

A longer appointment is the cornerstone to better health outcomes. An investment in your health, we think you will agree, is money well spent.

Follow up appointments and ongoing treatments designed with you in mind

  • The most common follow up appointment is 20-minutes. This is longer than a standard GP appointment because we don't want you or your doctor to be rushed when it comes to optimising your health.
  • We also have a "quick and sick" appointment for those days when you need a brief check in. This is more in line with what you might expect at a standard GP clinic.

How we help you to be well

To achieve your best health results, we use as much evidenced-based, non-drug therapies as possible. This may include practical skills, lifestyle interventions, counselling, nutrients, herbs and other things like breathing techniques or special exercises. We still use general medication when needed and often it's the combination of medication and lifestyle interventions that help you reach the best results.

This holistic approach is best when we see you for your acute care needs, chronic illnesses and general medical issues.

Our team takes care of all the prevention screenings and always helps you understand why we do things. After all, information and knowledge is power!

Making a digital difference

We have recently updated our website to share all the details you need including our fee structure, services, doctors and opening times. You can book online at anytime from anywhere.

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