Skin cancer screening helps identify cancerous lesions and subtle changes that can indicate an increased risk for cancer so appropriate treatment can be provided. At Epiclinic, patients in Adelaide, receive comprehensive skin cancer screenings to help them stay healthy with our clinics newest Doctor, Dr Phil.
Skin Cancer Screening Q&A
Why are skin cancer screenings important?
Skin cancer screenings evaluate the skin all over the body to look for signs of skin cancer. Often, the signs can be very subtle and difficult to identify. A doctor skilled in skin cancer screenings can spot changes associated with skin cancer so additional evaluation can be performed.
What’s involved in a skin cancer screening?
Skin cancer screenings assess skin on the entire body. Screenings take just a few minutes to perform. When an abnormal or unusual area of skin is identified, a biopsy usually will be performed to obtain a small sample of skin cells for further evaluation in a lab. Different techniques can be used to obtain a biopsy depending on the size of the lesion, its appearance, its location and other factors. Some techniques scrape skin cells from the surface while others use instruments to obtain deeper samples of tissue. Prior to a biopsy, the skin will be numbed with a local anaesthetic to prevent discomfort, and a bandage will be placed over the area afterward. Once the screening is complete, patients may receive guidance about ways to minimise their risks for skin cancer, including routine use of sunscreen and limiting sun exposure.
How often should I have a skin cancer screening?
Skin cancer screenings should be performed every 12 months in most cases. People with risk factors for skin cancer including a personal history of skin cancer or precancerous lesions may need to be screened more often.
How much does a skin cancer screening cost?
Full Body Skin Cancer Check $150 (Medicare rebate approx. $75.85, out-of pocket expense $74.15)
Single spot/selected spot/follow-up $95 (Medicare rebate approx. $39.10, out-of-pocket expense $55.90)
When should I visit Epiclinic for a skin cancer screening?
If you notice any of the following skin changes or abnormalities – which could be symptoms of skin cancer – it is important to book an appointment with Dr Phil.
- A bump that appears waxy
- A scar-like lesion, which may be brown or skin-colour
- A large brown spot, which may have darker spots within it
- A firm, red bump
- A lesion that appears scaly or dry
- Numerous dark spots in one area of the body
- A mole that bleeds or changes over time
Schedule a Skin Cancer Screening Today
If you are interested in skin cancer screening, visit our experienced team at the Epiclinic. Our providers are experienced when it comes to skin cancer testing and early cancer detection. We are dedicated to delivering personalised care for every patient, no matter how big or small your concerns are. Book online or call our clinic.