Allow 15 – 20 minutes for the consultation. Please arrive early to register at reception.
To have a full skin cancer check – you are advised to undress, leaving your underclothes on. You may choose to have only one region or area that you are concerned about examined, but this is not recommended by the doctors.
- Do not wear any makeup. Non-tinted moisturiser is fine.
- Your current Medicare card.
- Any concession, pension or DVA cardholders, you will need your card.
Generally, you will be advised to have either the suspicious mole biopsied or have it removed. To test the mole or spot, the doctor will either take a small biopsy (sample) of it, or completely excise (cut out) the spot of concern, under a local anaesthetic. In most cases, another appointment will be made to remove the abnormal mole or spot. This type of minor surgery can be carried out at our clinic. There is usually no need for this to be done in a hospital. After it is removed, the mole or spot is sent to a pathology laboratory for testing. Receiving the test results can take up to a week.
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.
Dermoscopy is simply the examination of a mole using a dermatoscope. This may be a hand-held dermatoscope. It is recognised as the international standard when performing a skin cancer examination. It requires extensive training, but substantially increases the accuracy of skin cancer and melanoma diagnosis. While a high quality dermatoscope is essential, the most important factor is the doctor’s training in dermoscopy i.e. interpreting what is seen through the dermatoscope.
A high resolution dermatoscope is a hand-held dermatoscope that is connected directly to a computer, displaying a high-resolution image (generally 3-5 Megapixels) live to an LCD computer screen. The images are viewed instantly, but can be stored if required for future follow-up. Our practice uses the MoleMax HD Pro system form Vienna.
Full Mole Scan Body Mapping is an effective examination technique, designed to detect skin cancer especially melanoma at an early stage. A set of Total Body Photography images are taken at the first appointment to establish a base-line of the all the moles and spots present on your skin. These photos are used at subsequent follow-up mole mapping appointments, to check for new or changing moles. Most melanomas appear as a new mole. Then, using our MoleMax HD Pro system, individual microscopic images of carefully selected moles are taken and stored for diagnosis by the doctor and for future digital comparison. There are many specific dermatoscopic features specific to melanoma and other skin cancers that can be seen by MoleMax HD Pro, but not by the naked eye. Our recall system is an integral part of this surveillance program, as rechecking body images and doing digital comparisons on individual moles, enables us to detect melanomas and other skin cancers at an early stage. Early melanomas that are less than 1mm in depth have a survival rate of 96-100%.
Full Mole Scan Body Mapping is normally done by our nurse or technician, who needs to carefully check your entire body from the scalp, to between the toes, finger & toenails and under the feet. It is important that they can look through your hair and to examine your skin without any impediments. Anything that is examined as either being new or changing, will be later reviewed by the doctor, who in turn will call the patient back if anything of significance is found.
Note: Full Mole Scan Mole Body Mapping, depending on the number of moles to be scanned will take between 30 to 60 minutes.