Skin Checks - Surfers Paradise - Chevron Advanced Medical

Skin Checks - Surfers Paradise

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.

Skin cancer clinic, 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 with Dr Andrew.

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:
  • Skin cancer check - please allow up to 30 minutes for this appointment. Any suspicious spots are recorded using Dermengine. Skin checks should be done every 1 to 2 years depending on your history.
  • 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 6 months. If you have many moles, you may choose to do mole mapping, in addition to a skin check. Your doctor will advise you when to schedule your next skin check.

How much does a skin check cost?
  • Skin check = $120 (Your Medicare rebate is $75, so the total cost is $45). 
  • Spot check = $60 (Medicare rebate is $39, gap cost is $21).
  • 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 of suspected skin cancer = bulk billed for 1 lesion per session.
  • Excision biopsy of suspected melanoma = $46 gap.
  • Skin cancer excision = gap fee depending on location of skin cancer.
    • Trunk, arms, legs = $125 gap
    • Face, neck, hands, feet = $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 are available on weekdays and 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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