If you have never had a Mole Screen skin cancer check, make an appointment for an initial check and we can talk to you about how frequent future checks should be for you. The regularity will depend on your risk factors.
How much does an appointment with Mole Screen cost?admin2020-03-29T22:44:06+00:00
It is important to look out for moles, spots, or skin lesions that are new, have changed or are causing discomfort. If you have any concerns, make an appointment with our Mole Screen clinic for a skin cancer check.
Can I make an appointment if I’m not enrolled with St Alban’s Medical Centre?admin2020-02-24T20:40:26+00:00
Most insurance policies cover cryotherapy (removal of lesions with liquid nitrogen) and minor surgery costs, and some may cover the initial screening consultation. It’s best to check with your insurer first to see what is covered under your policy.
Can I send through photos of my moles instead of visiting in person?admin2020-02-24T20:41:43+00:00
During your Mole Screen appointment, we will firstly ask you to fill out a questionnaire to determine whether your risk of skin cancer is low, medium or high.
We will then conduct a full body skin cancer check, using advanced dermoscopy, to identify any skin cancers or pre-cancerous skin changes. If you have some lesions that are bothering you, we will look at those first.
For a full body skin cancer check, people need to remove their clothes, except for their underwear. You are most welcome to have a modesty sheet and a nurse or support person with you during the skin check.
One side of the body is checked and then the other. If we detect anything harmful, you may not have to wait to have it removed. We can often remove small skin cancers or lesions as part of your visit. For lesions of greater concern, we might need to do a biopsy to consider what needs to be done. For example, you will need to see a plastic surgeon if the legion is particularly large or melanoma has been detected. You may also want to discuss the diagnosis with your General Practitioner and seek their advice. With your permission, a summary of every appointment at Mole Screen is shared with your General Practitioner.
At the end of your skin cancer check, we will talk to you about your lifestyle and how you can protect your skin in your everyday activities. We’ll also advise you on how often you need to come for a skin check.
Once we have your skin history and the findings from your examination, we use a Melanoma Risk Assessment tool to establish your risk of skin cancer and determine how often you need to have your skin screened. This tool uses validated data from the New Zealand population.
What happens if my mole or lesion cannot be removed during my Mole Screen appointment?admin2020-02-24T20:43:00+00:00
Yes, mole screens, and if required skin biopsies, are safe in pregnancy and if breastfeeding. Some medical treatment options are avoided in pregnancy and breastfeeding, and you will be advised of suitable management options as needed.
What should I do before my appointment?admin2020-07-01T02:24:44+00:00
Remove make-up and jewellery, tie loose hair up into a bun, note any concerning skin lesions, moles, spots, or freckles under your underwear that you would like checked. Wear clothing that you can easily change down to underwear. Any person 16 or under should have a parent or legal guardian present.
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