Our specially qualified Skin Cancer Doctors will thoroughly inspect your skin and examine any moles, freckles or bumps.

Your skin will first be examined with a dermatoscope, which is a special skin microscope, which allows the doctor to see beneath the skin to make a decision regarding a suspicious skin lesion or mole. The examination is completely painless. If the doctor finds a suspicious spot, they might take a photograph to be recorded and analysed, and they might take a biopsy which is a sample of the skin.

It is important to get your skin checked regularly by a qualified medical professional – at least once a year, or every few months if you are at high-risk of skin cancer or have been diagnosed with skin cancer previously.

Routine self-examinations are also a good way to monitor your own skin in between skin checks, but should not be relied upon to catch every suspicious spot.

How it works

The skin cancer check takes between 15 to 30 minutes. The doctor will examine your head, face, neck torso, legs, feet, toes, arms, hands, and fingers. You will be required to undress to your underwear and a gown or blanket can be provided for your comfort. Genital areas are not routinely examined; however, skin cancers can develop in any area of the body and you should inform the doctor about any suspicious spots under your underwear. The doctor will only check these areas if you request them to do so.


Early diagnosis for best outcomes

About 99 per cent of skin cancers are curable if detected and treated early. A regular skin cancer check is your best defence against complex surgeries, costly procedures, and even death.

Access unparalleled skin cancer care

Our Skin Cancer Doctors are subspecialists in the field - with a wealth of experience, skills and recognised certifications in skin cancer care - and utilise the latest tools in skin cancer detection and treatment.

The utmost peace of mind

An Australian is diagnosed with melanoma every 30 minutes. Living in the skin cancer capital of the world, experts recommend that all Australians get a regular skin cancer check for peace of mind.

Full Body Skin Check Benefits

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to bring to my skin cancer check?
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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.

What should I wear to my skin cancer check?
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Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and slip-on shoes (not lace-up shoes) to your skin cancer check. This helps to reduce the time you spend getting undressed so that you have more time with the doctor. Please remove any makeup and nail polish, and be prepared to let your hair out.

How long does a skin cancer check take?
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A skin cancer 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.

How is a skin cancer check performed?
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During your skin cancer check, 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 skin check process is completely painless. If you have an area of concern beneath your underwear, please let the doctor know.

What happens if the doctor finds a suspicious lesion during my skin cancer check?
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The doctor will tell you straight away if your skin cancer check uncovers 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 to confirm 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.

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.

Do I have to come back for my results following my skin cancer check?
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Yes, it is important that you come back to discuss any pathology results with the doctor and determine the best course of action.

How often should I get a skin cancer check?
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Depending on your level of risk for developing skin cancer, your doctor may recommend regular follow-up skin cancer 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.

What is the difference between getting a skin cancer check with a Skin Cancer Doctor, dermatologist or GP?
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The daily practice of a Skin Cancer Doctor is dedicated exclusively to detecting and treating skin cancers. Skin cancer medicine is the subspeciality in which they are specially qualified and experienced, and their skin cancer clinics are set up specifically for timely and effective skin cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment all under one roof, including operating theatres and state-of-the-art technology geared towards finding and/or monitoring all types of skin cancer.

Dermatologists are general skin specialists with wait lists up to one year; since early detection of skin cancer is critical to successful treatment and cure, this lengthy wait time can significantly worsen your prognosis. This can also be an expensive option and you will require a referral to see a specialist.

GPs may sometimes lack the sub-specialist training to diagnose skin cancer or they may be able to perform a basic skin check but you may be referred to another doctor for treatment. A GP may only have the time or skills to perform a spot check rather than the recommended full-body skin examination.


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