Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia.
80% of newly diagnosed cancers are skin related.
More than 10,000 men and women are diagnosed with melanoma each year.
Over 1750 people still die from melanoma.
Majority of skin cancers are curable if detected early enough.
We offer our patients modern medical technology to assist in monitoring your skin.
A skin check is an examination of the entire body where a dermatoscope is used. Dermoscopy is a skin screening tool to diagnose skin cancer which helps doctors visualise and evaluate moles and other skin lesions that can't be seen by the naked eye.
Dermoscopic images of your moles will be stored in The Fotofinder system for long term monitoring. Your doctor will look at previous images using side-by-side comparison to detect moles that are new or have changed.
A Mapping appointment includes a thorough Skin Check using dermoscopy.
Mapping involves complete body photography where you are photographed systematically from head-to-toe with the Fotofinder machine for mole comparison in the future.
A single consultation to check 1 or 2 spots only.
If abnormal lesions are identified there are various types of treatment options.
You may be advised to return for a biopsy or excision. This will then be sent to pathology for analysis.
Skin cancers can be removed surgically at the Warragul Skin Cancer Clinic.
Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen is also an effective way to treat several skin conditions, including Actinic Keratosis, commonly known as 'pre skin cancer'.
At times, a referral to a specialised surgeon may be necessary, your doctor will discuss this with you.
- Most skin mapping appointments will take about 45 minutes however sometimes a little longer. Please allow extra time just in case you have other appointments.
- Do not wear any form of makeup, nail polish, false nails or jewellery.
- Remove any dirt, grease, oil, from your skin.
- Do not have sunburn, spray tan or use tanning creams within 10 days of skin check.
- Please inform your doctor about any skin lesions you are concerned about no matter where they are.
Fees and Services
DVA Gold card holders - no fee.
Missed appointments or those cancelled at less than 24 hours notice will attract a fee of $100, which is not claimable on Medicare.
A medicare rebate is available for Spot Check, Skin Check & Mapping if you have a valid Medicare Card. We recommend you register for direct Medicare rebate recovery.