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Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre
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Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre provides expert consultations, prompt diagnoses and efficient treatment of skin cancers and related skin conditions. All our doctors are subspecialists in Skin Cancer Medicine and can confidently guide you through every stage of the process from skin check to diagnosis, to treatment. They are supported by a team of highly trained staff who will carefully address all your skin cancer concerns utilising the latest technology, including body mapping, and treatment techniques.
Ideally located in the heart of Toowoomba, the Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre provides vital skin cancer services that save lives. We give patients access to screening, diagnosis and treatment all under one roof. Thanks to our dedicated operating theatres and professional support team, patients face short waiting times to receive treatment.
Envisioning a world where nobody dies from skin cancer, we strive every day to provide excellent service to our patients. We offer expert advice, full-body skin examinations, spot checks, treatment of all skin cancers and, most importantly, utmost peace of mind.
The Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre is part of the National Skin Cancer Centres. We place a strong emphasis on excellence in medical care, which is strengthened by our commitment to research and education. All our doctors and support staff are involved in the ongoing education of GPs in Australia through university-certified Skin Cancer Medicine programs.
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Regular full-body skin examinations are vital for catching cancers before they become serious. Skin exams take about 15 - 30 minutes, and the doctor will start by asking about your skin cancer risk factors and general health. You will need to undress to your underwear. If you wish, we can provide a blanket or gown for you to wear while the doctor inspects your body from head to toe, looking for abnormal moles or spots. We will not examine the genital area unless you have any spots in that region which particularly concern you.Read More
The doctor will closely examine any unusual spots using a dermatoscope. This close-up perspective helps us assess whether a mole is normal or abnormal. It is a completely painless process that has been proven to increase the rate of skin cancer detection. We may also photograph a few spots to monitor changes over time, as this can be indicative of skin cancer.Read More
If the doctor finds a suspicious spot that might be skin cancer, a sample of skin will be removed and sent to a pathology lab to be thoroughly examined under a microscope. This is called a biopsy, and it helps confirm whether the suspicious spot is cancerous. The most common biopsy techniques are shave and punch biopsies, which are both done under a local anaesthetic. A shave biopsy involves shaving off the top layer of skin with a small surgical blade, while a punch biopsy uses a tool like a tiny cookie cutter to remove all the layers of skin.Read More
The treatment you receive for skin cancer will depend on the type, size and location of the skin cancer, and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. We offer various surgical and non-surgical treatments, including excisions of the tumour and surrounding tissue to ensure all the cancerous cells are entirely removed, curettage which is the method of scraping and burning the skin cancer, cryotherapy which is the method of freezing off the skin cancer with liquid nitrogen, and topical applications of creams that stimulate the immune system and destroy skin cancer.Read More
Improve access to skin cancer care and reduce the mortality and morbidity of the disease.
Reduce the waiting time for patients to receive efficient diagnosis and treatment.
Provide vital skin cancer care to communities with limited or no access to specialists.
Offer a high-quality referral option to local GPs managing patients outside their scope.
Relieve the public hospital system as most patients cannot afford specialist care.
Save lives by dramatically reducing the delay in diagnosis and treatment.
We are dedicated to providing the best standard of patient care without compromise. Our highly qualified doctors will address your skin health needs promptly and efficiently, and our specially trained support staff will minimise waiting times and ensure your experience is as pleasant as possible.
The Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre is a private billing facility and we appreciate full payment on the day of consultation. We offer several payment options, including cash, EFTPOS and credit card. For your convenience, we use Medicare online so your rebate will be refunded promptly. Please ask our staff for more information.
New patient: $140.00 [Expected Medicare rebate: $71.70]
Returning patient: $110.00 [Expected Medicare rebate: $37.05]
We offer concession prices for all DVA Gold Card and concession card holders and listed family members.
New patient concession: $115.00 [Expected Medicare rebate: $71.70]
Returning patient concession: $ 85.00 [Expected Medicare rebate: $37.05]
Additional fees apply for biopsies and other procedures. Procedures generally cost a fixed out-of-pocket fee between $50.00 and $200.00 above the expected Medicare rebate. This is at the doctor’s discretion and is loosely based on the complexity of the procedure. We will ask the patient to pay the full amount of the procedure, and where possible we will arrange for the Medicare rebate to be lodged electronically.
We may recommend full-body photography to monitor changes in lesions over time. We will take a set of 32 high-quality digital images which will be stored on a password-protected CD at a cost of $250.00.
We are pleased to provide a range of Australian made, SPF50+, no nanoparticle sunscreens and moisturisers below the recommended retail price at our centre.
Two in three Australians will get skin cancer. That means we all know someone who might be at risk without even realising it. A professional skin exam from a specially trained doctor is the number one defence against the deadly disease, so what better gift could you give someone than a potentially life-saving skin check? Show your family, friends, colleagues or employees that you care, and help us make a difference in the fight against skin cancer.
The skin check gift voucher entitles the recipient to a comprehensive full-body skin check and must be presented at the appointment. It is valid for 12 months from date of purchase and must be booked in advance with a valid Medicare card and pension card if applicable.
Buy on-site: You are always welcome to drop in to reception to pick up a skin check gift voucher. You will receive a printed gift card to which you can add a personal message for the recipient.
Order online: Click the button below to order online and receive the voucher via email on the next working day. You can print it at home or simply forward it to the recipient via email. Great for last-minute gift ideas.