Brisbane Skin Cancer Clinic FAQs

What equipment do you use for my skin check?

Visiomed D120 mole scanner. This is a fully-fledged mole scanner with a dedicated PC and dedicated mole mapping software.

Handheld dermoscopy is initially used. Lesions of potential concern are then caught on the Visiomed mole scanner for future reference.

Can you monitor lesions of potential threat?

Lesions of potential threat are either biopsied or monitored using the Visiomed mole scanner.

How long does a skin check take?

Please book a double appointment under the following circumstances (otherwise a single appointment)

  • Your first skin check appointment where you have approximately 50 or more lesions
  • Repeat Skin check where you have approximately 100 or more lesions
  • Your skin check appointment where you have other issues you wish to discuss

Is a biopsy performed at the time of the skin check?

The skin check may reveal a concerning lesion that requires a biopsy / skin excision. Any surgery including a punch biopsy will need to be booked in.

The practice charges a facility fee for the biopsy and/or skin surgery and the fee will be determined by the time required for the procedure.

How frequently are skin checks recommended?

An annual skin check is generally recommended for adults who have mild to moderate risk factors for skin cancer.

Can I wear makeup?

It’s clearly best not to wear makeup for a full skin check appointment.

However, a skin check will still be performed where there is makeup. In this event, permission will be sought to remove small areas of makeup to view specific lesions that have been identified.

Why has a friend of mine has been to a mole clinic and had 3 moles removed that are all benign?

The skin cancer doctor will look very closely at an unusual mole.

There are three outcomes following a very close dermatoscopic examination:

  • No longer any concern
  • Possible melanoma – unlikely, but cannot be absolutely ruled out – either follow up within 1-3 months, or biopsy
  • Medium or high likelihood of melanoma: Surgical Excision is required

Fact Check: The number of excisions required for a single melanoma diagnosis varies between around 5 for the Dermatoscopic expert, to 20 for the non-expert doctor.

As you can see, even in expert hands, the dermatoscopic tool is not specific enough to be sure about every lesion.

When there is uncertainty, the skin cancer doctor will discuss with you the way forward – usually monitoring or a biopsy.

Can you remove skin tags or other benign lesions?

Skin tags or other benign lesions may be removed on request.

Removal of these lesions is generally not covered by medicare rebates unless there is concern over skin cancer.

You may also request removal of a sebaceous cyst and for which there is usually a medicare rebate.

The removal procedure will need to be booked in.

What is the cost for an appointment?

A short appointment is charge at $80, and a long appointment is around $155. You will receive around a third back off medicare.

Do you Perform Skin Flaps or Grafts?

Flaps or grafts are not performed at The Skin Cancer Clinic.

There are a number of plastic surgeons in Brisbane who perform skin cancer surgery privately, and we are able to arrange an urgent appointment when required – usually within days.

The Mater Adult Hospital in South Brisbane accepts biopsy-proven skin cancer referrals for complex skin surgery under the public system, and the waiting time is acceptable.

Author: Dr Richard Beatty

Last Modified:   3/11/2016

First published: 03/12/2014