Skin Cancer Services

skin cancer checks

A skin cancer check involves a 30 minute full-body examination of your entire skin surface with a qualified Skin Cancer Practitioner, utilising the latest tools in dermatoscopy for earliest skin cancer diagnosis.

corporate skin checks

Corporate skin checks are completed by our skin cancer clinician onsite at the workplace. The screening involves a highly detailed and comprehensive full body skin cancer examination. 

Services Provided

Skin Cancer Checks

Our specially qualified Skin Cancer Practitioners will thoroughly check your skin and examine any moles, freckles or bumps. Your skin will first be examined with a dermatoscope, which is a special skin microscope, allowing the practitioner to see beneath the skin to make a decision regarding a suspicious skin lesion or mole. If the clinician finds a suspicious spot, they might take a digital photograph to be recorded and analysed, to determine if the spot might require a biopsy, which is a sample of the skin.

Corporate Skin Checks

Throughout our skin checks, participants are provided important information about skin cancer and how to apply sun safety strategies in and out of the workplace. This significantly helps minimise the risk of sun related injuries in the future and also helps reduce the risk of liability to your organisation.

Mole Mapping Services

Full-body imaging is the most reliable means of accurately tracking changes over time and producing potentially lifesaving results as the images allow easy side-by-side comparison at follow-up appointments for patients in certain risk groups. With sophisticated software and superior expertise working together for exceptional accuracy, we can reveal the subtlest skin changes and detect skin cancer at its earliest stage when it is most manageable and requires least invasive treatment.

common questions

Our degree qualified skin cancer practitioners have a special interest in skin cancer surveillance and with no referral necessary we make it easy for you to get your skin checked.  

Your appointment will take approximately 30 minutes.  During this time we will conduct a comprehensive assessment and examination with a dermatoscope. This process is also sometimes called “skin cancer screening” and is essential for detecting and treating skin cancer early on. A full body skin exam, or skin cancer screening, is a visual exam that checks the skin for certain unusual features which may be signs of skin cancer. Longer appointments are scheduled for mole mapping and total body photography. 

Full Body Skin Check: $95 (30 mins)

Mole Mapping:  $180 (45 mins)

Total Body Photography: $265 (75 mins)

 

 

It is important to get your skin checked regularly by a qualified professional – at least once a year, or more regularly if you are at high-risk of skin cancer or have been diagnosed with skin cancer previously. Regular self-examinations are also a good way to monitor your own skin in between skin checks, but should not be relied upon to catch every suspicious spot.

malignant melanoma developing in healthy skin is said to arise de novo, on it’s own, without evidence of a pre-existing mole. Many of these melanomas are induced by solar irradiation and may occur in unexposed areas of the skin, including the palms and soles. 

The risk of developing melanoma can be correlated to the number of naevi (moles) an individual has. The greater the number-the higher the risk. Family history, previous skin cancers, genetic and skin-type may increase an individuals risk of melanoma. 

Appointments are currently unavailable at this time

Christine Comans is now practicing in the field of skin cancer surveillance and treatment. Chris is a degree qualified practitioner with a specialty in skin cancer, obtaining her Graduate Certificate in Medicine – Skin Cancer from the University of Queensland in 2021. Christine performs skin cancer checks in an effort to provide early detection and diagnosis of skin cancer to her patients.

Her principles are education, prevention, early detection and appropriate individualised interventions through customised referral pathways.

The most common human malignancies are keratinocyte cancers. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): is the most common skin malignancy

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): is a malignancy arising from epithelial keratinocytes. It is the second most common
skin malignancy after BCC in Caucasians. .

Melanoma: is understood to involve both environmental and genetic factors with individual risk representing the sum of both types of influences.

How do I prepare for my skin check?

Please do not wear any makeup, artificial tanner or fingernail or toenail polish to your appointment. This is so your clinician has a clear and unobstructed view of your skin.

Do I remove my underwear?

Prior to your initial skin check please look at your skin, scalp and private areas and note anything of particular concern that you may wish to mention to your clinician.

Full body checks do not require you to remove your underwear, so don’t worry you won’t be required to undress completely, unless you have a mole that the clinician has not seen (perhaps under the underwear) you should let them know so they can examine this also.

Why do you use the dermatoscope?

Several studies have shown that clinicians trained in the use of dermatoscopy have a high degree of accuracy in detecting skin cancers.

What if you find an unusual spot?

Any lesion which appears to be suspicious will be noted. Your clinician will discuss with you the need for a referral to biopsy.

What is a biopsy?

Where a small part of the lesion is removed and sent for pathological examination. Excision is when the lesion is completely removed.

What is total body photography?

Some moles require only observation, which may involve the use of digital photography to monitor the mole.

Our degree-qualified skin cancer practitioners are dedicated to provide skin cancer surveillance and treatment options to our community. Our aim is to facilitate early diagnosis and management of Melanoma and other skin cancers at an early stage.

We are located in the heart of Subiaco. 

Crossways Shopping Centre; Level 1, Suite 34/184 Rokeby Road Subiaco 

Western Australian Kirkbride Melanoma Advisory Service (WAKMAS). A multi-disciplinary panel of specialists providing advice on the management of complex, advanced and metastatic malignant melanoma. https://wakmas.org.au/information-for-patients/

 

Cancer Council (WA).  https://www.cancerwa.asn.au/prevention/sunsmart/