Tristan completed his initial degree in Biomedical Science in 2002, before continuing on to attain his Bachelor of Medicine in 2007, both through the University of Newcastle. He completed internship and residency training with the Hunter New England Area Health Service, before undertaking specialist general practice training in the Hunter Valley. Dr Hicks received his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2012. After extensive post-graduate study in the field of skin cancer and completing all requirements he was awarded Fellowship with the Skin Cancer College Australasia in 2019, achieving the highest mark in the final exam. He has also worked as a surgical assistant in the operating theatre for 5 years at Newcastle Private Hospital.Learn More
Summerland Skin Cancer Clinic recommends an annual full skin check to avoid missing any spots in obscure or hard to see places on the body.
Observing moles over time to diagnose melanomas that grow very slowly and in the early stages may not show any obvious clues to their malignancy.
A biopsy involves taking a sample of a suspicious lesion where the diagnosis is unclear, a pathologist can then give an exact diagnosis.
For some early skin cancers, non-surgical treatments such as Phototherapy, Cryotherapy and Topical creams are valid options.