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Many of us have moles and the vast majority are completely harmless – however they should still be checked regularly. A mole may typically range in colour from pale brown to dark brown and can be found anywhere on the body. It can be flat or raised, smooth or rough or have hair growing from it, and still be harmless. But in some cases moles do develop into skin cancer, like malignant melanoma (a serious type of skin cancer which requires early detection for successful treatment). Over the last 25 years the incidence of malignant melanoma has risen more than any other major cancer.

Our mole checks use innovative scanning technology to investigate suspect moles quickly and painlessly. It is predicted that at least 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with a type of skin cancer by the age of 70. So when was your last skin cancer check?
 
If you work out of doors you are obviously exposed to a greater level of harmful UV radiation. Employers are required to minimise exposure where possible and to ensure sun safety measure are in place if you do perform work outside. Some employers may even offer skin screening as part of their employee care program, so it could be worth asking if they provide this service. If not, you can request your own skin screening appointment at any one of our medical centres.

Full mole check

Mole scans are relatively simplistic and painless. This screening process is generally broken down into two stages; a visual examination and a skin imaging analysis using infrared technology.

Includes

Full Visual examination –A comprehensive Mole Check includes a full visual examination by a doctor to ensure all moles are checked, not just the ones you can see. This examination will note any moles you have concerns about and identify potential risks for further examination. The use of advanced skin imaging software is employed to painless inspect moles in greater depth.

SIAscope scan – For any moles requiring further analysis, a handheld imaging probe is held against the mole for a few seconds. This shines four beams of light through the skin. The beams are reflected back by the skins different components and provide information about the characteristics of the mole and the tissue under it to a depth of approximately 2mm. The information obtained is presented as five detailed images (or SIAgraphs), which are then analysed for any potential signs of abnormality.

What happens after?

Depending on the results of the scan, you will either be cleared of risks (although, possibly notified of suspicious, but seemingly harmless moles, so you can monitor them), or you may require a mole removal. This is a basic procedure and your doctor will walk you through what will happen after your scan. Our practices are equipped for mole removals, so there is no need for you to be referred to a surgeon.


If it has been a while since your last skin cancer check, you should consider booking one at your earliest convenience. Early detection gives you the best chance for treatment. Skin cancer can spread quickly.

Sun Safety

Even at work, always remember to:
Slip on a shirt,
Slop on sunscreen,
Slap on a hat,
Seek shade and,
Slide on sun glasses.

Results

Same Day Results Available – A verbal result will be available on the day of your appointment, and if applicable a full written report and a copy of the images are usually printed at that same time.
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Our FRACGP qualified Doctors can provide full body skin checks, mole scans and mole removal where necessary. Have you had a skin check in the last 2 years? 
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