Yamba Skin Clinic: Receptionist Tanya Priest with Dr Mark Groves outside the new Yamba Skin Clinic in Yamba St due to open next week.
Yamba Skin Clinic: Receptionist Tanya Priest with Dr Mark Groves outside the new Yamba Skin Clinic in Yamba St due to open next week.

Skin cancer clinic for Yamba

AS A general practitioner in Iluka for six-and-a-half years, Dr Mark Groves saw first hand the payback from the sun on the fishermen, farmers and surfers that walked into his surgery.

Eight years later, Dr Groves has honed his skills in an area that he believes is greatly neglected in NSW despite the statistics and will next week officially open the Yamba Skin Clinic in Yamba Street.

We may have the beaches and the great outdoor lifestyle but unfortunately living in the Clarence Valley means that we are at greater risk of developing skin cancer.

And while Ballina reports the highest incidence on the North Coast of the deadliest skin cancer, melanoma, Yamba and Maclean are not far behind, according to the Cancer Institute NSW.

“There is a definite need for the clinic,” Dr Groves said.

“We are basically the skin cancer capital of Australia.”

Aligned with the Skin Cancer College of Australia and New Zealand, Dr Groves developed an interest in skin cancer medicine on the Gold Coast as a Molescan doctor but he said it is GP’s that diagnose 91 per cent of melanomas in Australia.

“We will be offering diagnosis and surgery here at the clinic, which will also operate as a general practice,” Dr Groves said.

He said the clinic would offer cryotherapy, biopsy as well as non-surgical treatments for skin cancer.

Cancer Institute NSW spokesman Adrian Grundy was quick to give the Yamba clinic his best wishes and said that the Institute recommend an annual skin check-up as part of a yearly GP check-up for all Australians from adolescence onwards.



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