At My Medical & Dental Centre Springfield, we bulk bill full body skin checks. The skin check is a 20-minute appointment check where the doctor checks for skin lesions on a patient. From the check, the doctor may recommend for any concerning spots to removed by excision and/or sent away for further biopsy testing.
How often should I have my skin checked?
There is no official guideline to go by. However the Cancer Council of Australia recommends to discuss with your GP if you are in a high risk category for skin cancer it is important to have regular checks. High risk categories include:
- had a previous skin cancer, including melanoma
- a family history of skin cancer
- fair or freckled skin, especially those with skin that burns easily
- red or fair hair and light-coloured eyes (blue or green)
- lots of moles on their body
- worked or currently work outdoors
- had short, intense periods of exposure to UV radiation
- actively tanned or used solariums
- a weakened immune system
- certain skin conditions, including sunspots.
Fees apply for excision surgery & biopsy testing.