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The cost, screening process and benefits of getting a skin cancer check - all your questions answered

Looking after your health can be stressful sometimes, but there’s one easy thing you can do to stay on top of it: getting annual skin checks. Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in Australia, with almost two thirds of Australian being diagnosed throughout their lifetime.

That is why spotting skin cancer early is so important. It is recommended that next to checking your own skin every three months, you should also go to annual skin cancer checks done by professionals. They will be able to see even smaller changes and can spot suspicious moles much easier with their trained eyes.

The benefits of early detection and skin cancer checks

The two key components in Australia’s fight against skin cancer are prevention and early detection. Prevention is mainly concerned with protecting your skin from the sun. But, in an environment like Australia, where levels of UV radiation are at harmful levels on a regular basis, there is no way to protect your skin 100%, which is why it’s important to make sure you get your skin checked regularly for changes.

The earlier any changes are spotted, the easier, quicker and more effectively they can be treated. The best indicator of favourable outcomes with skin cancer is early detection, making regular skin checks vital.

What is the screening process like?

To get an appointment at one of our many SunDoctors clinics around the country, you can simply look at our map of locations and see which is closest to you. To make booking easiest for you, we have an online booking tool, but you can also always give us a call. The great thing about SunDoctors is that the majority of our doctors are GPs with special training in skin cancer detection, management and treatment, so that you won’t need a referral but can still receive the best possible care.

Once you have your appointment, it is important that you make sure that you are not wearing spray-tan, nail polish or make-up on the day, so that your doctor has the clearest possible view of your skin. You will receive a full-body check from one of our highly trained, experienced and friendly doctors. This will take around 15 minutes and is a pain-free procedure. If you have any worries or want your doctor to focus on a specific spot or mole, you can always let them know.

How much does it cost?

SunDoctors clinics are mixed bulk-billing and private billing practices, so it’s easiest to contact your chosen clinic and ask about our fee structure and Medicare rebates. If there are any additional charges, your doctor will always inform you ahead of time.

Get an appointment at your closest SunDoctors clinic today for a hassle-free, quick and professional skin check.