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Skin Cancer Checks

Skin Cancer Checks & Mole Removal | Fremantle

What should I know about skin cancer?

  • 2 out of 3 West Australians will develop some sort of skin cancer during their lifetime.
  • Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia.
  • More than 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun.
  • Melanoma is now the most common life threatening cancer in the 15 to 44 year age group.
  • Melanoma is the third most common life threatening cancer in both men and women overall.

Most of us know that protecting our skin from the sun is the most important step in preventing skin cancer. But maybe your skin hasn’t always been well protected, or maybe you can’t always avoid the sun? Perhaps you have a family history of skin cancer?

Most skin cancers are curable if caught early. It is important to regularly check you own skin, but you can also give yourself peace of mind with a full skin check appointment.


Types of skin cancer:

The 3 main types of skin cancer in Australia are:

The most common, usually pink and may bleed or itch. May start as a flat patch or a raised lesion like a pimple. Can grow locally (potentially more dangerous on the face)

These often arise from solar/actinic keratoses (sunspots), are usually scaly and may be tender. This type of skin cancer can potentially be more serious as it can occasionally spread to the lymph glands.

This is the most serious type of skin cancer as it can spread via the blood stream throughout the body.
Melanoma can arise anywhere on the body, including the face, scalp, lips, ears, under fingernails or toe nails (brown stripes), on the soles of feet, and in areas that have never been exposed to the sun.
A melanoma can be raised or flat, fast or slow growing and can rarely be pink or flesh-coloured (especially in fair skinned people).

Skin Cancer Checks in Fremantle | FAQ’s

A skin check can take up to 30 minutes. This includes some time for the doctor to ask you questions about your general health, including any current medications, and any relevant family history. The doctor will also want to know if you have any spots or moles that are new, sore, changing or unusual. The actual check of your skin can take from 5 to 20 minutes depending on your skin type and the number of moles and spots to be looked at. You can assist us to make your skin check as efficient as possible by completing our patient registration form, which will be emailed to you when you make your first appointment.

Your doctor will use a dermatoscope to have a close up look at any spots of concern. A dermatoscope is similar to a polarised torch with a magnifying glass attached to the end. Using a dermatoscope is painless, non-invasive and is safe during pregnancy. At The Skin Clinic Fremantle, our dermatoscope system uses the latest technology to help us check your skin. This also enables the doctor to record a photograph of a spot or mole so it can be monitored over time for any changes in appearance.

Yes – down to your underwear/bathers. It is okay to wear moisturiser/sunscreen/deodorant, but we ask that you come for your skin check appointment with no foundation/powder on your face. You will be asked to remove any make-up so that the doctor can properly examine the skin on your face.

The doctor will tell you straight away if you have any moles or areas which require testing. Your doctor will either take a small biopsy (sample), or completely excise (cut out) the spot of concern, under local anaesthetic. In most cases another appointment will be made to remove the abnormal mole or spot, although in certain cases this can be done on the same day. This type of minor surgery can be carried out at the clinic and there is usually no need for this to be done in a hospital.
After it is removed, the mole or skin spot is sent to a pathology laboratory for testing. Receiving the test results can take from one to several days.
In the majority of cases, when found early, skin cancer can be easily and successfully treated with minor surgery. Most skin cancers are cured once they are removed. Other non surgical treatments such as creams, radiotherapy, or light therapy may be used, but this will depend on the type of skin cancer found.

We are a privately-billing clinic. The cost for a standard skin check is $100-140, depending upon the complexity of your skin and your medical history. If you hold a valid Medicare card, the out-of-pocket costs will be approximately $65 regardless of the length of your check. Additional costs apply on Saturdays. Any additional treatments or biopsies may incur a further cost, but you will be fully informed of this prior to the treatment being carried out.

Aged Pension Card holders are billed at a reduced rate, whereby the out-of-pocket cost is approximately $12.

DVA patients (gold / valid white cards) are seen for a skin check with no out-of-pocket cost.

Yes. We are able to provide skin screening services at your workplace for 20 or more employees. To find out more please contact the skin clinic directly.

How much is a Skin Cancer Check?

We are a privately-billing clinic. The cost for a standard skin check is $100-140, depending upon the complexity of your skin and your medical history. If you hold a valid Medicare card, the out-of-pocket costs will be approximately $65 regardless of the length of your check. Additional costs apply on Saturdays. Any additional treatments or biopsies may incur a further cost, but you will be fully informed of this prior to the treatment being carried out.

Aged Pension Card holders are billed at a reduced rate, whereby the out-of-pocket cost is approximately $12.

DVA patients (gold / valid white cards) are seen for a skin check with no out-of-pocket cost.

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Skin Check Fee
Full Body Skin Check (Mon-Fri)$100-140 (Medicare rebate applies)
Full Body Skin Check (Sat)$135-160 (Medicare rebate applies)
Aged Pensioner Full Body Skin Check (Mon-Fri)$50-86 (Medicare rebate applies)

Further costs may apply if additional treatment is necessary. Please note that longer appointments may incur a higher fee but the gap payment after the Medicare rebate will be similar.

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