Skin Cancer Clinic - Chevron Island - Chevron Advanced Medical

Skin Cancer Clinic - Chevron Island

Worried about your spots and moles? Wondering whether you've got a skin cancer? Did you know that 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with a skin cancer by the time they are 70? Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer, followed by squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma - which is the most dangerous skin cancer due to its propensity to grow quickly and spread to other parts of your body. A skin check is the best way to find and treat skin cancers early, before they cause disfigurement or spread.

Saturday skin cancer clinic in Gold Coast

Chevron Advanced Medical incorporates skin checks using Dermengine: a cloud-based, modern dermatology software for the imaging, tracking and diagnosis of skin cancers. We are located in the heart of Gold Coast on Chevron Island. Book your comprehensive skin cancer check with us for peace of mind.

What does a skin cancer check involve?
A skin check starts with your doctor taking a medical history to get an understanding of your risk of skin cancers. You will then be asked to remove clothing, except for underwear. Your doctor will check your whole body from head to toe using a dermatoscope. Potential skin cancers or suspicious lesions requiring monitoring will be imaged using a camera attachement as shown below.

Gold Coast skin check

What do the images look like?
An example of a dermoscopic record is shown below. This was a very small (3mm in size), early melanoma that was detected on the patient's left upper arm during a routine skin check.

Mole check Gold Coast

How long does a skin check take? How often should I get my skin checked?
This depends on the type of appointment you book for your skin check:
  • Standard skin cancer check - please allow up to 30 minutes for this appointment. This is a thorough skin check from head to toe. Any suspicious spots are recorded using Dermengine. Skin checks should be done every 1 to 2 years depending on your history.
  • Brief skin cancer check - please allow up to 15 minutes for this appointment. This is suitable for people who do not have many spots or moles. Any suspicious spots are recorded using Dermengine. 
  • Skin check with total body photography (mole map) - up to 45 minutes. This is ideal for patients with a history of melanoma or dysplastic nevus syndrome. Mole mapping may be done every 2 to 5 years depending on your history. Skin checks should be done in between these periods.

Do you "freeze" sunspots during the skin check?
Yes, solar keratoses can be frozen with liquid nitrogen during the skin check, at no extra cost.

Do you biopsy lesions during the skin check?
No, we do not want to rush through any biopsies. If any suspicious skin lesions are found during your skin check, you will be advised to book in for a biopsy on another day. Urgent biopsies can be arranged on the same day, or the following day.

How often should I get a skin check?
A skin check is generally recommended every 1 to 2 years. If you have a history of melanoma, a skin check should be done every 3 to 12 months. If any borderline suspicious lesions are found, your doctor might recommend to get surveillance photography of these lesions in 3 months time (spot check). 

Should I get a mole map?
If you have many moles, dysplastic nevus syndrome or a history of melanoma, your doctor might recommend total body mole mapping in addition to a skin check. 

How much does a skin check cost?
  • Skin check (full body) = $120 (Medicare rebate is $75, gap cost is $45). 
  • Skin check (brief) = $85 (Medicare rebate is $39, gap is $46).
  • Total body mapping = $150 (Medicare rebate is $39, gap cost is $111).
  • Skin check and Total body mapping combined session = $270 (rebate $110, gap $160)

How much does a skin excision procedure cost?
The fees below apply to Dr Andrew Thant and Dr Mae Tun only.
  • Punch or shave biopsy = $26 gap
  • Excision biopsy of suspected melanoma = gap fee depending on location on body
  • Skin cancer excision 
    • Trunk, arms = $125 gap
    • Face, neck, hands, legs = $150 gap
  • Cosmetic removal of non cancerous skin lesions = $150 to $300.

How can I book a skin check?
  • You can Book Online with Dr Andrew Thant or Dr Mae Tun. They are GP's with further training in skin cancers and dermoscopy. Alternatively, feel free to call us on 07 55388811.
  • Skin checks and excisions are also available on weekends (Saturdays).

Do I need a referral?
A referral is not required. You can access your Medicare rebates without a referral.

How can I prepare for my skin check?
  • Do not wear make up.
  • Do not wear nail polish, otherwise a subungual melanoma can be missed.
  • Do not wear spray tan.
  • Please wear underwear.

Dermoscopic tracking of a melanoma before excision.

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