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Yes, appointments are necessary to maintain a good workflow at the Centre and to ensure you are not kept waiting but can see the doctor at the appointed time.
No, you do not need a referral. However, if your GP has referred you to us, they will give you a letter to bring to your appointment.
Please bring a valid Medicare card and pension card (if you have one) to each consultation. If it is your first visit, please bring any documentation relating to your skin cancer history.
It is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing and slip-on shoes (not lace-up shoes). This helps to reduce the time you spend getting undressed so that you have more time with the doctor.
A skin check can take between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on your skin type and the number of moles you have. Make sure you tell the doctor about any spots or moles which are sore, changing, abnormal or new.
The doctor will ask you to undress down to your underwear. You can ask for a modesty sheet if you wish. The doctor will use a dermatoscope to visually inspect your whole body. A dermatoscope is a special skin microscope which allows the doctor to look through your skin. The procedure is completely painless. If you have an area of concern beneath your underwear, please let the doctor know.
The doctor will tell you straight away if you have any moles or spots which require a biopsy, which means that a small sample of skin is removed for further testing. After it has been removed, the sample is sent to a pathology laboratory for diagnosis. Receiving the test results can take up to several days. The results and treatment options will be discussed with you at length at your follow-up appointment.
It is important that you have a biopsy, as the results of this procedure will influence the best course of action.
In most cases, when found early, skin cancer can be easily and successfully treated with surgery. Most skin cancers are cured once they are removed. Other non-surgical treatments may be used but this will depend on the type of skin cancer found.
Skin checks and procedures are not performed at the same time to minimise the risk of infection and help reduce your waiting time.
A SCC is a squamous cell carcinoma – a dangerous cancer that must be removed. It can present as a thickened red scaly spot which may bleed or ulcerate easily. It usually appears on sites most often exposed to the sun and will grow over some months. A BCC is a basal cell carcinoma – the most common and least dangerous type of cancer. It appears as a lump or scaling area which can be red, pale or pearly in colour. As it grows, it may become ulcerated like a sore that won’t heal. BCCs grow slowly and usually appear on the head, neck or upper body.
Yes, it is important that you come back to discuss your pathology results with the doctor and determine the best course of action.
We are private billing facilities and we appreciate full payment on the day of consultation. 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.
Depending on your level of risk for developing skin cancer, your doctor may recommend regular follow-up skin checks. The frequency for follow-up skin checks can vary from every few months, to once every year or two. We will send you regular skin check reminders, but it is also a good idea to keep your own record of when a follow-up skin check is due.
Our doctors are general practitioners with special qualifications in skin cancer medicine. All have completed university-certified skin cancer training and have many years’ experience in the detection and surgical removal of skin cancers. Some of our doctors also present and train other GPs in the detection and surgical removal of skin cancers through university-certified skin cancer courses for GPs.