How long does a skin check take?
At our Clinic a skin check can take up to 20 minutes, depending on your skin type and the number of spots and moles to be looked at. You will also be asked about your general health and previous sun exposure history.
Will I have to get undressed?
Yes, but only down to your underwear and a modesty sheet is provided.
What equipment does the Doctor use?
Our Skin Cancer Physicians and qualified GP’s use a dermatoscope to have a close up look at any spots of concern. A dermatoscope looks like a torch with a magnifying glass attached to the end and the procedure is painless.
What happens if the Doctor finds anything suspicious looking?
Your Doctor will tell you right away if they find any spots or moles that require testing. Under a local anaesthetic, your Doctor will either take a small biopsy or in some cases a complete excision of the spot or mole to send away to a pathology laboratory for testing. In most cases another appointment will be required to remove the abnormal spot or mole. Our Practice is equipped with a dedicated skin procedure room where this type of minor surgery can be carried out.
Receiving the test results can take from one to several days depending on the pathology provider.
What happens if a skin cancer is found?
In most cases, when detected early, skin cancer can be easily and successfully treated with surgery. Most skin cancers can be cured once they are removed. Other nonsurgical
treatments such as creams, radiotherapy, or light therapy may be used depending on the type of skin cancer found.
What happens after the skin check?
Depending on your level of risk for developing skin cancer, your Doctor may recommend regular followup skin checks. The frequency for followup skin checks can vary from every few months, to once every year or two. Our Practice has a recall/reminder system in place where we will contact you via SMS, phone or mail for your followup appointment. We do recommended that you also keep your own record of when the followup skin check is due and ensure that your details are always up to date on our Practice records.
Hope Island General Practice is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. We offer convenient and cost effective access to advanced knowledge, diagnostic techniques, and treatments.
It is you though, who is most familiar with your own skin, so remember to SCAN thoroughly and regularly. It’s an easy habit to get into and one that could save your life.