Skin clinic targets damage from the sun

Work is a fine balance of rejuvenation and prevention

Oak Bay resident Dr. Julian Hancock battles the sun on many levels at his latest location

Oak Bay resident Dr. Julian Hancock battles the sun on many levels at his latest location

By immersing himself in the neighbourhood, enjoying the IEOA Truck Light Convoy this winter, Dr. Julian Hancock learned a little history about his niche in the neighbourhood.

Hancock is a medical and cosmetic dermatologist with more than 30 years experience. The Oak Bay resident, with a thriving practice in Nanaimo, opened the small clinic on Fairfield Road in November.

His office anchors a recently built condo building at 1494 Fairfield Rd. that once housed an old general practitioner’s office. During the parade, he learned from a neighbour that when the previous doctor sold the property, knowing it would be redeveloped, he stipulated a medical clinic be part of the project.

Hancock’s Fairfield Skin Clinic fulfills the role, balancing beauty and health.

“We do the medical as well as cosmetic,” he explained.

While many a patient is interested in one or the other, skin rejuvenation or cancer concern, they go hand-in-hand. “Sun causes both,” said Dr. Hancock.

“It’s about people taking care of their skin – reduce risks of skin caner and make people look younger,” he added. “The risk of melanoma in Canada is about one in 80 and it’s getting more common. It’s one of the faster growing cancers out there.”

There is, he added, a near 100 per cent rate of defeating it if caught early. “People should be aware of their skin, looking for things that are different.”

There are now, for example, many more preventative methods, and treatments for pre-cancerous and non-melanoma skin cancers.

“They’re like icebergs. What you see is not what you get,” he said.

One way he gets below the surface is using photodynamic therapy where cream is applied to the lesions and absorbed by only cancerous and precancerous cells. Light is later applied creating a chemical reaction.

“You get rid of the bad guys, or 90 per cent of the bad guys, without scarring,” Hancock said.

It’s just one of several creams and treatments used at times in rotational treatment to offer a “left hook, right hook” fight.

“We do a lot more prevention now,” Hancock said.

While right now the clinic is open Fridays, he plans to expand to Thursdays and hire staff to expand hours further.

Learn more about treatments as well as Hancock’s storied working past, from working in Africa to with B.C. First Nations, at online.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Seattle Mariners field coordinator Carson Vitale before a game at T-Mobile Park during the 2020 season. Vitale, who grew up in Victoria, has pledged to run 10 miles a day for 2021 and to donate 50 cents per mile to the United Way of King County. (Ben Van Houten/Seattle Mariners)
Mariners coach running 10 miles a day for United Way

Saanich-raised Carson Vitale, Seattle Mariners field coordinator, plans to run 3,650 miles in 2021

Gordon English, construction manager of the Habitat for Humanity project in North Saanich, shows off the current interior of a townhouse part of the affordable housing project. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Families set to move in to affordable housing project in North Saanich by spring

Pending completion of Habitat for Humanity project comes against backdrop of new housing report

A rainbow graces the departure of CCGS John Cabot as it leaves Victoria Jan. 7. (Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook)
Follow a coast guard ship’s trip from Victoria to Halifax, through Panama Canal

Canadian Coast Guard Ship John Cabot left for St. Johns on Jan. 7

A fire sparked at an encampment between the Pat Bay Highway and McKenzie Avenue early Thursday morning. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Residents of Pat Bay Highway encampment to be relocated after early morning fire, site secured for clean up

Eviction notice issued in 2020, not enforced to allow BC Housing to connect with campers

Johnathan Lee Robichaud pleaded guilty to eight charges including sex-related offences against children and accessing, possessing and making or publishing child pornography. (Courtesy of Saanich Police)
Sentencing date moved for Saanich nanny guilty of child porn charges

Johnathon Lee Robichaud pleaded guilty to eight sex offences against children

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virtually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Most Read