Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. The best way to improve the outcome for melanoma and other serious skin cancers is early detection. It is strongly recommended that you have a full skin check with the doctor to assess your risk and develop an ongoing surveillance program.
The average skin assessment consultation takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
Our doctors are Fellows of Royal Australian College of General Practice with extensive experience and extra post-graduate training in skin cancer surveillance and monitoring.
Our doctors aim to provide evidence based skin care advice and guide you through all treatment options available.
Initial Skin Consultation
At your skin check you can ask for;
- an assessment of a single mole or
- have a full body skin check
For a full body skin you will need to undress sequentially down to your underwear. Maximum care is taken to ensure your privacy and to protect your modesty.
The process begins with a thorough examination of the skin using a skin microscopy technique known as dermoscopy where the suspicious lesions are identified.
Our doctors are able to perform;
- Cryotherapy (commonly known as liquid ice)
- Shave and punch sample/excision biopsy
- Simple surgical excision
In cases where more specialised and advanced level of skill is required we call upon a carefully selected network of Dermatologist and Plastic Surgeons to further assist in your care.
Our doctors are also able to refer patients for Total Body Mole Photography. Total Body Mole Photography is only recommended for people who are thought to be at increased risk of developing an increased melanoma.
The average skin assessment consultation takes about 15 minutes, but this may vary according to your specific needs. Those with many moles may require longer consultations and the fee will be higher.
Did you know?
- Over the past decades, the incidence of skin cancer has risen in Australia
- From 1982 to 2010 melanoma diagnoses increased by around 60%
- Sunburn causes 95% of melanomas, the most deadly form of skin cancer. In Australia, almost 14% of adults, 24% of teenagers & 8% of children are sunburnt on an average summer weekend
- Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the 3rd most common cancer in both Australian women & men & the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years
- 2 in 3 Australians will develop skin cancer before the age of 70
The good news is that 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if detected early.