Skin Cancer Check

mole check melbourneOur comprehensive service includes complete skin checks, screening, monitoring and treatment of any spots or moles requiring further attention. No referral is required from your GP.

A standard skin check takes approximately 15-25 minutes, depending on the number and complexity of spots requiring assessment for each patient.

Time, patience and understanding are required during any thorough, complete skin check. We aim to ensure that our patients feel comfortable during the whole examination process and will leave with the peace of mind that they have the “all clear” with no suspicious spots having been detected, or that a lesion has been detected requiring appropriate and further attention.

You will be asked to highlight any new or changing spots of concern on any part of your body, which will be expertly assessed along with all of your other spots on your face, scalp, neck, torso front and back, arms and legs.

For the skin examination you will be asked to undress behind a curtain screen, with removal of all clothing except for underwear (bra left on for females). A cover gown/sheet is available if required.

We advise that there is no applied makeup, nail polish and Self Tan prior to your mole check to allow a clear view to all areas requiring assessment.

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Skin Check

Your skin is checked from “ top to toe’ using a hand held dermatoscopic magnifying device to aid in assessing your moles, with any spots requiring monitoring or removal photographed under high magnification.

You will also be assessed in obscure non sun exposed areas such as between your toes and under your arms where Skin Cancers including melanoma although rarely, can occur. As mentioned, your underwear including bra will remain on during the assessment, however you will be asked if there are any new or changing spots of concern under these garments.

The more commonly sun exposed areas of your body, which is most of your skin, are also imaged and stored for future reference and comparison where required.

At Molewise we understand the importance of our patients being thoroughly assessed with the latest dermoscopy equipment and technology systems available today. We also know that the effectiveness of any equipment can only be maximised when used confidently by a highly qualified expert in Skin Cancer Medicine.

The live images of all suspect areas and any spots requiring monitoring are captured and stored for immediate and when necessary future comparison viewing, resulting in improved, early Skin Cancer detection.

With this method, any small subtle change over a short, medium or long term period is evaluated and appropriately acted upon.

skin checkIf required, any skin biopsy or excision specimen, which may be performed for further assessment, is sent to our affiliated Pathology Lab for prompt analysis and a final expert diagnosis.

On completion of your skin examination, you will be advised of your level of risk for developing skin cancer in future and when your next complete skin check is recommended.

It is important to attend for assessment of any spot that you may note as being new, changing, growing, itchy, sore or bleeding at any time between routine skin checks as soon as possible.

Skin Cancers including Melanoma commonly present as a more obvious dark larger standout “ugly duckling”, however they may also appear in a less obvious manner as either; flat, raised, round, irregular shaped or even pink in color!

Along with prevention by “slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat, slide on the sunglasses and seek shade”, early detection is the best chance we have to minimize the harm done by melanoma and skin cancers in general.

skin check melbourneSurgical Procedures

Surgical biopsy or simple and more complex procedures are performed when necessary in the diagnosis and treatment of lesions suspicious of Skin Cancer. These procedures are routinely booked as a day procedure.

It is important that every patient preparing for a procedure has all their queries attended to and is made comfortable with what to expect before, during and after their procedure.

The procedures are performed under local anaesthetic where particular components are used as a standard at Molewise to minimize any potential patient discomfort. The area is always tested before any excision is performed to ensure that no pain is felt during the procedure. The local numbing effect can expect to begin to wear off after 3-4 hours, where no, to minimal discomfort is expected, with only Paracetamol (Panadol) required on some occasions for mild pain after surgery.

After your skin check, if it has been determined that a skin lesion requires biopsy or complete surgical removal, the fee for any procedure can be advised before the surgery and will vary depending on the duration, site and complexity of the procedure.

Non surgical treatment methods can also be used for pre cancerous spots and for some early, superficial skin cancers where appropriate. These include: 1/Topical creams which target and treat certain types of superficial skin cancers including Bowen’s disease and superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma, and 2/ Cryotherapy (freezing), which can also be used to treat pre cancerous Solar Keratoses (sunspots).