Skin Checks

Did you know?

  • Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.
  • Melanoma is the most common life threatening cancer in the 15 to 44 year age group.
  • Melanoma is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia.
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How can I prevent Skin Cancer?

Preventing skin cancer is about knowing your risk level. Together with sun protection, early detection is your best defence against skin cancer. Please speak to your doctor if you have any spot or mole on your skin that is Sore, Changing, Abnormal or New.

What does a skin check involve?

A full body skin check involves a detailed head to toe examination of any spots or moles on your body by a qualified skin cancer doctor using a dermatoscope. It can take up to 30 minutes and will require you to remove all clothing except undergarments for a thorough examination.

We also ask our patients not to wear makeup or nail polish when attending for a skin check as it can cover up skin lesions.

What about a spot/mole check?

If you are worried about 1-2 spots/moles on your body and would only like to get those lesions checked, instead of a full skin check, you can book a brief ‘spot check’ appointment with a qualified skin cancer doctor. Please book online or advise our receptionist if you require one of these appointments.

What happens if the doctor finds anything which could be cancer?

Your doctor will tell you if you have any moles or spots of concern which may require testing. He/she will book you in for either a small biopsy (sample), or completely excise (cut out) the spot of concern – under local anaesthetic.

This type of minor surgery can be carried out at the clinic. There is usually no need for this to be done in a hospital. After it is removed, the mole or spot is sent to a pathology laboratory for testing.

What happens if skin cancer is found?

In most cases, when found early, skin cancer can be easily and successfully treated with surgery/simple excisions at the clinic. Most skin cancers are cured once they are removed. Other non-surgical treatments such as creams, cryotherapy or light therapy may be used but this will depend on the type of skin cancer found.

How much does a skin check cost?

The answer to this depends on whether you have a Healthcare or Pension card – please refer to our website or speak to our friendly reception staff or your doctor, who can guide you on the cost of a skin check.