SKIN CANCER DETECTION and MOLES:
Using our NEW DIGITAL MOLEMAX© SYSTEM, Main Street Medical and Skin Centre are now offering….
- Single Mole Checks
- Multiple Mole Checks
- Full Body Mapping of all moles
- Regular review of all moles with computerised comparison checking.
All images are checked by Doctors in our skin clinic who have specialised training in Dermoscopy and skin cancer care.
At least two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70!! Skin cancers account for approximately 80% of all cancers diagnosed in Australia!!!
Melanoma is the most diagnosed cancer each year for people aged 15-44 years old (Cancer Council Victoria)
The three common types of skin cancer that can be cured
There are three common types of skin cancer, Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). If diagnosed and treated early a large majority of Melanoma, SCC ad BCC can be cured. It is important to get to know your skin and what is normakl for you so changes will be quickly noticed.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and may appear without warning. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the skin, even the soles of the feet. Melanoma can spread very quickly and once it penetrates below the surface of the skin it can be deadly. Early detection of Melanoma is therefor paramount in successfully treating the cancer.
Causes of skin cancer
Sunshine and light are good for us and we need it to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D forms in the skin when it is exposed to UV radiation from sunlight. We need Vitamin D to maintain good health, in particular to keep our bones and muscles strong and healthy.
However too much sun can be DANGEROUS!! Over exposeure to UV radiation permanently damages the DNA in our skin cells and this damage continues to worsen over time, causing the various skin cancers to form.
How can I be certain?
A melanoma changes its appearance quickly so how do we know when such changes have occurred?
A major technological advancement in melanoma detection, the MoleMax© system is now available at Main Street Medical and Skin Centre and may help alleviate your concerns.
Tell me more about the MoleMax© system
The MoleMax© system, the very first of its kind, was developed in Austria in 1997. It enables your doctor to examine the skin beyond its surface layers and setect changes to your skin not visible to the human eye.
Full HD, photographic imaging of any lesion, up to 60X magnification is displayed on a computer screen. this makes diagnosis much easier for your doctor and enhances the chances of early detection of a malignant melanoma or any skin cancer. The image is stored confidentially in your patient file for the purpose of future reference. Comparison checks, at a later stage can reveal changes which can be very helpful in deciding if that suspicious lesion needs to be removed.
This quick and non-invasive examination is not only painless but also allows patients to observe their lesions on the screen while their doctor is diagnosing them.
There are three steps that MoleMax© provides to detect skin cancers
This technique combines high magnification and high light intensity to penetrate the first layer of skin to see diagnostic features of moles that can not be seen with the naked eye. This is a much more accurate technique than relying on a solely naked eye exam alone.
The most significant fact in successfully treating Melanoma and other skin cancers is early detection. Sequential monitoring allows your doctor to compare lesions and allows for new moles to be photographed and monitored.
Total Body Photography
The use of total body photography creates a baseline of your skin and therefore helps doctors identify both new and changing lesions that might indicate melanoma skin cancer.No oil is required so a clean and comfortable examination is performed.
What our Clinic can offer you!!
This appointment is designed specifically for you to get a diagnosis on specific moles that you are worried about and should last no longer than 30 minutes. All Individual lesions of concern will be examined using our new MoleMax©, a computerised digital dermatoscope. Clinical images will be stored in your patient record.
After your examination of individual moles of concern, an appointment will be made with your doctor to diagnose your lesions and advise you on appropriate treatment options, this appointment will be Bulk Billed.
Out of pocket cost:
1 Mole $30.00
2-4 Moles $50.00
5-10 Moles $70.00
More than 10 moles will be referred for Full Body Mapping
(All prices current at time of publication and are subject to change without notice)
Full Body Mapping $150.00
This one hour initial consultation is an extremely thorough procedure and is designed to provide you with an accurate and timely examination of your skin surface, assessing any suspicious lesions using our MoleMax©, a computerised digital dermatoscopy system. Photographs will be taken and stored on our database for future comparison and diagnostic purposes.
After your initial full body mapping session and appointment will be made with your doctor where, together you will go through each lesion and diagnosis. Treatment options will also be discussed at this appointment and will be Bulk Billed.
Follow up / Review of Full Body Mapping $100.00
Repeating the mole mapping procedure on a regular basis enables our doctors to observe structural changes in all of your moles over a period of time. Any new moles of concern will be checked using our MoleMax© dermatoscope and all images will be stored in your record and clinical images of all previously imaged moles will be compared for any changes.
After this examination an appointment will be made with your doctor to discuss any changes and treatment options. The appointment with your doctor will be Bulk Billed.
No Melanoma surveillance program can claim to be 100% accurate and as such MoleMax© is not a complete substitute for a clinical examination. It is therefore important to continue seeing your doctor for regular skin checks, especially if you are at high risk of developing Melanoma or other skin cancers.
Call our Main Street Medical and Skin Centre Rooms on 9738 8873 or alternatively book via our Main Street Rooms on 9739 3837