SKIN CANCER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Risk factors include skin type, history of sun exposure and age. Having naturally fair skin, prolonged sun exposure and sunburn, particularly in Australia, put you at higher risk and this risk will increase as you get older. A family history of skin cancer or having previously had skin cancer yourself will also put you in this high-risk category.
However, anyone can develop skin cancer at any age so it is important to be aware of your skin and any changes that occur. Having a regular skin health check at intervals suited to your specific circumstances is the best way to monitor any changes on your body.
A skin health check will usually only take 10-20 minutes. However, in some complicated cases, 30-60 minutes may be needed.
Not specifically, however please do not apply any make-up or nail polish before your skin cancer check-up.
An initial consultation involves a thorough review of your skin including face, neck, torso, arms, legs, even the soles of your feet and in between your toes and fingers. The doctor will closely examine any suspect lesions using a dermascope, an instrument to specifically analyse skin closely to distinguish between benign (safe) or malignant (cancerous) lesions.
OZ Skin Cancer Clinics also uses a state-of-the-art mole mapping service which scans and records images of your skin so that we can compare your skin between visits for variations in mole shape, colour or size; key indicators in detecting the more serious melanomas.
No, you can leave your underwear on, however if you are aware of any hidden lesions or moles you would like checked, please inform the doctor during the consultation. A skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body not just on the commonly sun-exposed areas of the skin.
If the doctor detects something suspicious, they will explain why they think it is worth a closer examination. If it can be removed using a non-invasive treatment this may occur on the spot. If there is further investigation required a small biopsy may be taken for further analysis.
With our onsite biopsy and pathology, we can reduce the turnaround time for results. Typically results will be available within
We will contact you and explain the recommended treatment option. If you would like to discuss further with the doctor face-to-face, an appointment can be made when we call you. Please review the most common skin cancer treatment methods.
Yes, we have ample free onsite parking for OZ Skin Cancer Clinics patients.
We are located at 66-70 Princes Highway, Pakenham, VIC 3810