FAQ

WHAT IS SKIN CANCER?

Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

There are three main types of skin cancer:

  • basal cell carcinoma
  • squamous cell carcinoma
  • melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer

Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma skin cancer.


WHAT CAUSES SKIN CANCER?

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Anyone can be at risk of developing skin cancer, though the risk increases as you get older. The majority of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight.

Sunburn causes 95% of melanomas, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

 

DO I NEED A REFERRAL?

No referral is required.

 

HOW LONG IS A SKIN CHECK?

A full body skin check using our digital MoleMax HD machine will take 15 mins

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE DOCTOR FINDS A SUSPICOUS LESION DURING THE CHECK?

The doctor will discuss options with you. The doctor may recommend a biopsy to assist in determining the diagnosis.

 

ARE THE SERVICES COVERED BY MEDICARE?

Skin Checks & follow up procedures – A percentage of our fees are covered by Medicare. There is an out of pocket component

Scarless Mole Removal – no Medicare rebate if available for this service

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A SKIN CHECK?

We recommend an annual check. Those in the high-risk group should discuss more regular frequencies with our doctors.