Wondering what is involved in a mole map or skin check, what training our team undergoes, if mole mapping is covered under health insurance?
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What are the costs of workplace skin cancer assessments?
Skin Smart Australia is very competitive with their corporate rates. We have professional dermatoscopists in all states, so that travel expenses are not charged within 25kms of all capital cities. There are many factors which determine the price of corporate skin checks, so requesting a written quote is the most efficient way to make a decision. We attempt to have quotes with the client within 24 hours of the request. Please either call our office or utilise the “Contact Us” form.
What is required at a corporate site for workplace health assessments?
There is very little that is required at the workplace. Privacy is essential for the staff member, so a private room is a necessity. Two chairs and a desk are also requested. In addition, each site needs a dedicated contact person, so that when the Skin Smart Dermatoscopist arrives, the contact can orientate them to the site.
What is a mole map?
A molemap involves the use of specialised mole and body imaging equipment called a Mole Max machine, which provides 30x magnification of the skin to record your moles. Any unusual moles or lesions noted by the Dermatoscopist will be photographed and recorded, which provides an important baseline of your skin.
Why are regular mole maps recommended?
Repeat molemaps in the future (either 3, 6 or 12 months as will be recommended) can compare the images to detect the slightest of changes, with the aim of detecting skin cancers before they start to spread and can be more easily treated.
Molemapping provides the peace of mind and security that you are doing the best you can to potentially reduce the risk of being diagnosed with a late stage melanoma in the future.
What is a skin cancer assessment?
A Skin Cancer Assessment is an in depth assessment of the entire skin, without the photography services as performed in the mole mapping. The Dermatoscopist will use a dermatoscope to magnify and illuminate the skin, enabling the Dermatoscopist to see certain structures in the deeper layers of the skin.
The Dermatoscopist will be assessing skin lesions for the risk of Melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Basal Cell Carcinoma. Patients receive a comprehensive assessment of their entire skin, including areas such as the scalp, right down to between the toes.
A Skin Cancer Assessment is an excellent way to detect Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, and obvious Melanoma. However the Dermatoscopist is unable to assess lesions for change without the use of the images which are obtained in the molemap consultation.
Who should have a skin cancer assessment?
Everyone should have their skin checked, whether it be by molemap or Skin Cancer Assessment, every 12 months. This is regardless of your personal or family history of skin cancer and history of sun exposure.
How Long is a Molemap or Skin Cancer Assessment?
Depending on whether you are attending a corporate or a clinic based skin assessment/molemap, your personal situation and history, mole maps and skin cancer assessments can take anywhere from 10 minutes for a level 1 corporate skin assessment/educational appointment, to up to 2 hours for a high risk clinic based patient molemap. Please discuss with us your needs and we will be able to recommend the most appropriate appointment type for you.
Do I Need a GP Referral for a Molemap or Skin Cancer Assessment?
No, there is no need to see your GP for a referral before coming in for a molemap or skin cancer assessment.
Do I receive a copy of the images taken during my mole map?
For a small fee, we can even provide you with a copy of your body images for your own safekeeping.
Who should get a mole map?
Anyone who has a family or personal history of Melanoma, a personal history of Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma, multiple moles (approximately 50 or more moles on the entire skin), or a past history of high sun exposure is especially recommended to have a molemap as their risk of developing Melanoma is greatly increased.
What Should I Wear to A Skin Cancer Assessment or Molemap?
We ask that all patients do not wear or remove the following: makeup (especially foundation and lipstick), nail polish and moisturiser, as these can impact on the ability of the Dermatoscopist to see all layers of the skin. You may keep your underwear on unless you have a mole or lesion in that area that you would like inspected, in which case you should mention this to your practitioner. We also provide a dignity gown so you are covered as much as possible throughout the consultation.
Are There Rebates Available for a Molemap or Skin Cancer Assessment?
Some private health funds do provide rebates on mole mapping and skin cancer assessments. Please contact your private health provider to find out.
What Happens after the Molemap or Skin Cancer Assessment?
The Dermatoscopist will prepare a comprehensive report of their findings.
Should you have a lesion(s) that the Dermatoscopist identifies as requiring further investigation, we will provide your chosen doctor with a full report of your consultation.
As Skin Smart Australia has identified the need for patient autonomy when deciding where to have follow up treatment, we will support and assist you in any way possible to access your chosen practitioner.
What Training Do Your Dermatoscopists Receive?
Our team of Dermatoscopists have each been handpicked for their professionalism and industry specific knowledge. All staff members are required at a minimum to have a Certificate in Dermatoscopy (or equivalent) from one of the three following Training Organisations:
- Skin Cancer College of Australasia
- Health Cert (quality assured by Bond University)
- ACCO (The Australasian College of Cutaneous Oncology)
Skin Smart Australia has a very strong focus of the professional development of each individual and our employees must comply with our in-house professional development regime, as well as updating their formal qualifications on an annual basis.
We recognise that the area of Dermatoscopy is consistently evolving, and are determined to ensure that our staff will remain at the forefront of the new developments in this field of specialty.