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Who should have a skin check?
Skin Cancer Risk
- Excessive sun exposure – particularly before the age of 16yrs but also ongoing exposure related to your occupation and intermittent sunburns through your life.
- Fair Skin that burns easily
- Red or blonde hair
- Blue or green eyes
- Weakened immune system – associated with organ transplant and various medical conditions
- Various medications
- Family history of melanoma
- Indoor tanning with solariums
- Exposure to radiation
- Basal Cell Nevus syndrome
- Certain types of moles
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on sun protective clothing
on SPF30 or higher sunscreen
on a sun protective hat
shade from the sun
on UV protective sunglasses
- More than 100 moles
- 4 or more abnormal moles
- A personal history of melanoma
- Red hair, blue eyes and skin that burns easily
- A history of multiple severe sunburns in childhood
- Frequent solarium use
- Anxiety about their moles
- You will be required to remove your outer clothing but usually underwear is kept on. The consultation room is private and room temperature is monitored for your comfort.
- A registered nurse trained in the technique takes the photos
- The photographic session takes around 30 to 40 minutes
- If you are willing to provide your email address, you will be given an access code to view your file. You will need to download a free app to make this possible.
- Cryotherapy - commonly used for pre-cancerous lesions and some superficial skin cancers. This involves freezing the lesion and a margin of surrounding skin. Swelling and blistering is common but will heal spontaneously over about 14 days with no special attention. Treated skin cancers may take longer to heal - anything from 2-4 weeks.
- Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) - Photodynamic Therapy is a non-surgical procedure involving the application of a product called 5-Aminolevulinic Acid (5-ALA) to the skin. Skin Cells which have been damaged by the sun undergo a reaction when the ALA is applied, causing them to become sensitive to a particular wavelength of light. When the area is exposed to this light the damaged cells begin to die, allowing healthy, new skin to form.
- Topical treatments: there are a range of creams and gels available on prescription that can help with:
- Solar keratoses, also kno wn as actinic keratoses or sunspots
- Bowen's disease (type of superficial skin cancer)
- Superficial basal cell carcinoma
- Genital/perianal warts
- Complete removal of the skin cancer with an appropriate margin of normal skin.
- Simple ellipses through to the more complex (graft, flaps) as is needed to repair the skin after your skin cancer has been removed.
- The removal of more annoying lesions including skin tags, senile warts, viral warts, and benign moles.
- Use of radioferquent surgery – Surgitron – is an option to minimise scarring.
Skin Cancer Fees
Concession CardFeeMedicare Rebate
Full Skin Check with skin photography and mole mapping
Biopsy requiring suture
Biopsy with no suture
*PLEASE NOTE: Out of pocket costs (GAP) for surgical procedures range from $140 to $255 depending on complexity and number of procedures done