Tel: 9579 3866 | Fax: 9579 2220

82 Mackie Road
Bentleigh East 3165

Dermatology and Skin Cancer Check Bentleigh East

Our GPs here at Mackie Road are experienced in performing skin examinations and assessing skin lesions and sun damage. They perform regular skin checks using a dermatoscope and monitor new or changing lesions.

Are you at risk of Skin Cancer?

Most of us know that protecting our skin from the sun is the most important step to preventing skin cancer.

> But what if your skin hasn’t always been protected?
> Maybe you can’t always avoid the sun?
> Or perhaps there is a history of skin cancer in your family?

Preventing skin cancer is also about knowing your risk level. The most effective management is early detection and treatment.

It’s your doctor’s job to diagnose skin cancer, but you will know better than anyone else if something on your skin is new or changing – two important early warning signs. Remember – together with sun protection, early detection is your best defence against skin cancer.

What should I know about skin cancer?

> Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world
> Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
> More than 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
> Melanoma is 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

What happens during a skin check?

How long does a skin check take?

A skin check can take up to 30 minutes. This includes some time for the doctor to ask you questions about your general health. Make sure you tell the doctor about any spots or moles you have which 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.

What equipment does the doctor use?

Your doctor will use a dermatoscope to have a close up / magnified look at any spots of concern. A dermatoscope is a bit like a torch with a magnifying glass attached to the end. Using a dermatoscope is painless. Sometimes the doctor may take a photograph of a spot or mole so it can be monitored over time for any changes in appearance.

Do I have to get undressed?

Yes – down to your underwear.

What happens if the doctor finds anything which could be skin cancer?

Your doctor will tell you straight away if you have any moles or spots which require testing. To test the mole or spot the doctor will either take a small biopsy (sample) of it, or completely excise (cut out) the spot of concern – under local anaesthetic of course. In most cases another appointment will be made to remove the abnormal mole or spot. This type of minor surgery can be carried out at our clinic. There is usually no need for this to be done in a hospital.

After it is removed, the mole or spot is sent to a pathology laboratory for testing. Receiving the test results can take from one to several days, depending on the pathology provider.

What happens if skin cancer is found?

In most cases, when found early, skin cancer can be easily and successfully treated with 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.

What happens after the skin check?

Depending on your level of risk for developing skin cancer, your doctor may recommend regular follow up skin checks. The frequency for follow up skin checks can vary from every few months, to once every year or two. We have a system in place to send you a skin check reminder, but it is also a good idea to keep your own record of when a follow up skin check is due.

How much does a skin check cost?

Skin Cancer Checks (Full Body Skin Check & Mole Mapping)

Indicative Fees

Procedural fees may vary depending on the time and complexity of the procedure. A medicare rebate applies for most procedures. For indicative fees for Skin Checks, please see our fees page here. Please note procedural fees may vary depending on the time and complexity of the procedure, a medicare rebate applies for most procedures.

How to book it?

Advise our receptionist when you telephone for an appointment that you would like to book in for a Skin Cancer Check. They will allocate you a 30 min (long) consultation.
Patients are advised not to wear makeup or face cream when attending a skin check.

Enquire about skin cancer checks on 9579 3866.

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  • Mon - Wed
    8.30am -7.30pm
  • Thurs and Fri
  • Saturday
  • Public holidays
  • By Appointment Only

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Mackie Road Clinic acknowledges the Boonwurrung / Bunurong peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation as Traditional Owners and Custodians, and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and uphold Traditional Owner’s continuing relationship to the land and waterways.

The Mackie Road Clinic team extend our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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Mackie Road Clinic
ph. (03) 9579 3866
fax.(03) 9579 2220

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