Skin Cancer Check

Gold Coast Skin Cancer Checks
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 malignancy 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.

Gold Coast skin check
Suspicious lesions will be recorded on your 3D Body Map during your skin check.

What does a skin cancer check involve?
A skin check starts with your doctor taking a medical history to get an understanding of your past experiences and 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. Please allow up to 30 minutes for this appointment.

Solar keratoses can be frozen with liquid nitrogen during the skin check, if you wish. Suspicious skin lesions will either be mapped for monitoring, or advised to be biopsied. 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.

-> Skin Check = $45 gap (fee is $120, with Medicare rebate of $75). Discounted fee of $100 is available for subsequent skin checks and existing patients.
-> Cryotherapy / Liquid Nitrogen = bulk billed.
-> Punch and excision biopsies = generally bulk billed if medically indicated. Otherwise, fees range from $150 to $250 if there is no medical indication for an excision. A seperate appointment is required for skin biopsies and excisions as these are done in the treatment room.
-> Punch and excision biopsies with "no-sting" local anaesthetic = $12 gap. As the name suggests, this improved version of local anaesthetic does not sting when injected.

How to book:
  • You can Book Online with Dr Aung Thant, who has a special interest in skin cancers and dermoscopy.  
  • You can read a summary of the different skin cancer check services we provide here.
  • If you are a new patient, please fill in our registration form prior to your appointment.

Preparation for your 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.

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