Crafter Medical Centre is pleased to provide a dedicated skin cancer clinic service promoting the early detection and management of skin cancer.
Please call us now or book below to arrange an appointment.
If you are concerned about a mole and in the case that the clinic is booked up, please do not wait several weeks to get into the skin cancer clinic – please see your GP right away. Remember that early detection and treatment is the best management of skin cancer.
When is the clinic?
At this stage, the skin cancer clinic is run on Tuesday mornings with Dr Geoff Stranks and Thursday mornings with Dr Matt Del Fante.
What to expect:
A skin check can take anywhere from as little as 10 and up to 30 minutes depending on your skin type and the number of moles. The doctor will ask questions specific to your skin cancer risk and enquire about any spots that are concerning you before the examination.
It is our priority to maintain your comfort while providing a thorough inspection of your skin. We provide a screened area for you to undress down to your underwear, and provide a sheet for your modesty during the check.
The doctor will scan visually and inspect individual lesions with a dermatoscope – a tool that looks a bit like a magnifying glass with a light attached. The examination is painless, and the dermatoscope allows the doctor to analyse the colours and structures of each mole.
What happens if my doctor finds a suspicious mole or skin cancer?
On detecting a skin cancer or if a mole is considered to be suspicious, we will discuss the management options available to your particular situation. A partial biopsy for testing or complete excision may be arranged. In some cases, non-surgical managements may be appropriate, and referral can be organised as needed. In some cases, we employ digital photography to monitor lesions over time, though this is reserved for very low-risk lesions.
In some cases, a partial biopsy may be able to be taken on the day of your check.
How often should I get a skin check?
After the skin check your doctor will advise when you should next have a skin check. The recommended frequency can vary from every three months to every two years, depending on your risk factors and previous history of skin cancers. It is important in the meantime to check and get to know your skin, so you can report changing or abnormal looking moles to your doctor.
Who should get a skin cancer check?
It is always prudent to discuss with your doctor as soon as possible if you notice a new or changing mole. Remember that the most effective management of skin cancer is early detection and treatment. The main risk factors for developing a skin cancer include:
- Previous history of skin cancer or family history of skin cancer
- A large number of moles
- Fair skin that burns easily
- A history of blistering sun burns, solarium use, actively tanning
- A history of working outdoors or spending a lot of time in the sun over a lifetime
We recommend that those who have one or more risk factors attend for a regular skin check. The vast majority of skin cancers do not produce any symptoms and may look like nothing more than a red spot on the skin. We are passionate about utilising the latest technology and techniques to detect skin cancer early.
How much does it cost?
Skin cancer checks attract a Medicare rebate like other GP consultations. The fee structure for the skin cancer clinic is no different to the rest of the practice. Please see the fees page for further information.