The Molecheck Skin Cancer Clinic employs ultra high definition photographic equipment for imaging and tracking moles and other skin lesions as well as a unique database retrieval system The abnormal changes in some moles can sometimes only be detected by comparing photographs taken at different times.
The Molecheck Skin Cancer Clinic offers several different services onsite:
Expert Diagnosis of Suspicious Moles: Our trained doctors carry this out through visual examination. If necessary, then photographs of body regions and specific moles can be done for later reference. A thorough examination of all area of your skin can ensure early detection of any abnormalities.
Body and Mole Photography: This can reveal moles or other suspicious blemishes that wouldn’t otherwise have been noted. These photographs can be shared with specialists for further analysis, although this requires your express consent.
Monitoring Changes: Existing moles will be noted and over time, if changes occur, previous photographs will alert our doctors and appropriate measures can be undertaken.
On site treatment: Treatment of most skin cancers and other abnormalities can usually be done onsite, but if more complicated treatment is necessary then this can be arranged to be carried out elsewhere. Treatment can consist in some cases of specific creams or the use of freezing growths with liquid nitrogen. No anesthesia is usually needed for this process. These treatments are usually used for removing sunspots (solar keratosis).
Some early skin cancers can be removed using a curette, which is an instrument that scrapes the spot off the surface of the skin. No stitches are needed and only a local anesthetic is used. More serious skin cancers are removed by excision, where under local anesthetic they are cut out and stitched. It should be stressed that not all abnormal spots need to be treated and some can merely get observed.
The doctors at Molecheck Skin Cancer Clinic will fully discuss with you the need for treatment or not before proceeding with any plan. You will be kept informed about all aspects of treatment.
Mole Mapping and Photographic Surveillance: Important Tools in the Fight Against Skin Cancer
How often have you looked at a mole or freckle and thought to yourself, how long has this been there? Is this new? Was it always this colour?
Why is mole mapping important?
Mole mapping and photographic surveillance of moles are important tools in tracking the development of moles over the entire body so that new moles can be more easily identified and assessed. Mole mapping can be done either through traditional photography or through digital dermoscopic imaging. Traditional photography tends to be faster, and you can continue to check your moles at home, which can be reassuring for those who are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Dermoscopic imaging, meanwhile, takes the highest quality photographs possible of your skin, and can sometimes detect skin cancer before it is visible to the naked eye. It takes longer, however, and the imaging equipment can be bulky.
How does photographic surveillance of moles help you?
While there are benefits to the specific method that you and your doctor choose, the biggest benefit of mole mapping is that the risk of misremembering a mole is reduced. You have a photographic record that allows you to continue to check your moles at home, and then let a doctor know immediately if a change is detected.
What does it all mean?
Skin cancer is on the rise in Australia; in the last 30 years, around 60% more people have been diagnosed with melanoma. The vast majority of skin cancer cases are tied to sun damage and sun burns, but even if you’re never in the sun, you still need to be aware of the possibility of cancerous moles.
The good news about melanoma is that when it is caught early, it is usually very treatable. If you have a mole that is concerning you, or you believe that you are at a higher risk for skin cancer, then you should make an appointment with the professionals at the Mole Check Clinic. Whether you want to look at a specific mole to determine if it’s concerning, or you want to do a full body screen to ensure that your skin is healthy, we’ll be able to help you set your mind at ease.
Stop worrying about whether or not you should have a mole checked and make an appointment at the Mole Check Clinic. Let us take a look at your concerns and either put your mind at ease or begin the process of treatment. Contact us today.
In some circumstances a referral from another doctor will cause one to qualify for a different Medicare rebate. When visiting the doctors at the Molecheck Skin Cancer Clinic this is not necessary, however if you do have a referral from another doctor we are happy to give you a thorough examination.
Most people have a regular doctor. If desired and with your permission we will pass on any information or findings to them. It is very important that all of the doctors you receive treatment from are aware of all aspects of your health with access to as much information as possible. One of the most common causes of a delayed or incorrect diagnosis is the lack of readily available information to those making it.
Relevant information can be relayed to other doctors by a written report given to you personally, by fax or by email. Modern state of the art communications technology available at Molecheck makes it possible to send high quality images of your skin and skin spots to other doctors. Utmost care is taken to ensure the privacy of these communications.
Annual checkups at the Mole Check Clinic allow our doctors to detect early skin cancers, many of which can be cured by early discovery. This is a good reason to an annual professional check. In addition, any unusual blemishes can be checked out immediately.
Those who need the finest mole mapping Melbourne has to offer should certainly feel at ease. Once a doctor from the Mole Check Clinic has given a complete examination, they will give you a report. Should there be even the slightest doubt, the doctor will of course take a good look at all diagnostic materials before making any further recommendations.
Getting a Dermatologist Review
Should there be any further doubt about the diagnostic situation or what treatment to continue with in regards to a specific mole or lesion, the doctor could forward material to a dermatologist. This can only be done with your consent. Should you offer consent to do so, the doctor can forward photographs and descriptions of any specific lesion under question to a dermatologist who is a specialist in the field.
The specialist will then offer a further opinion on how to continue with treatment. This process is at no added cost to you if a dermatological specialist has to be called in to work on your case.
Naturally any dermatologist called in for a review will be held to the same exact rigorous standards that any of the other doctors working on your case would be.
Our skin cancer doctors are fully qualified, have 20 years of experience in this delicate field of medicine and provide the best mole mapping Melbourne has to offer. This has given them the skills needed to tackle difficult cases as well as the bedside manner that’s necessary for helping patients through what most surely be a difficult time. Each of the doctors that work at the Molecheck Skin Cancer Clinic is held to the same strict standards.
Proper Training and Certification
The Molecheck Skin Cancer Clinic employs doctors who have spent a number of years undergoing very specific training programs in both the diagnostic and treatment fields of skin cancer. They stay up to date with all of the latest trends that influence the direction of the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.
When it comes to treating skin cancer, you deserve no less than the absolute best that the field has to offer. Not all surgeons receive the same level of training as ours. What this means for you is that you can receive the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will be receiving the best outcome possible and experiencing all the benefits of superior quality as well as competency.
Squamous cell carcinoma accounts for about 5% of skin cancers and can spread to other parts of the body. It may appear as a red, tender lump that persists. Surgery or x-ray treatment is required, sometimes as a combination. Early detection lessens the possibility of spreading.
Basal cell carcinoma accounts for about 90% of all skin cancers. It is the most common and least aggressive skin cancer; it tends to remain localised and not spread. This cancer occurs more frequently in sun exposed areas of the body, and symptoms may include irritation, bleeding, constant redness or appear as a non-healing sore.Having a skin check can help diagnose this skin cancer and appropriate treatment via Surgery, Freezing, and Creams or occasionally X-ray can be used.