Approximately 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they’re 70. At Bridge Medical Centre we have fully trained and experienced health practitioners who have expertise in detecting and imaging skin for signs of melanoma and other skin cancers.
At your appointment, you’ll be seen by our Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, Chloe Wilkin, who works closely with Dr Rohana. Chloe has a Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Dermoscopy, and most recently an Expert Certificate. Chloe will check and assess your skin for any signs of skin cancer using a dermatoscope and a specialised Molemap dermoscopic camera. Any spots of concern will be forwarded to Practice Principal, Dr Rohana who has an Advanced Clinical Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery.
Bridge Medical Centre aims to provide patients with a comprehensive and thorough skin cancer check using mole mapping technology.
What to expect in your skin check
- Before your skin check appointment
- Heading to your skin check appointment
- What to expect at your skin check appointment
- If a lesion is found during your skin check
To help get the most out of your skin check, consider checking your own skin first, so you can point out the skin spots you are concerned about.
On the day of your skin check it is essential that your skin is not covered by foundation, makeup or nail polish. Any makeup will need to be removed at the practice and if required re-applied after your consultation.
A skin check generally starts with an assessment of your skin cancer risk and a review of your general medical history including any medication. The latter is not only for consideration of your risk of skin cancer, but also for any biopsies or procedures that may be required in the future.
The skin check will in general cover all skin with the use of a hand help skin microscope called a dermatoscope. Let us know if you are concerned about any lesion or if you want any additional skin area examined.
You may wish to have only one spot examined and we will certainly not force you to undergo a full skin examination. We would, however, advise a full skin check as most cancers we find are not detected by the patient.
In the unfortunate case a suspicious lesion is identified, we may carry out a biopsy of this lesion.
It is possible that you have a skin cancer that is undetectable at the time of your skin check. Although most skin cancers take several years to develop or become invasive, some aggressive types can develop in several months. Therefor it is important to keep an eye out for changing lesions in between your skin check and not to become complacent.