FIND A CLINIC NEAR YOU

Getting a skin check is something we should all make a priority. Especially if you work and play outside, have a family history of skin cancer or have been sunburnt quite a bit – which let’s face it… we’ve all been there. The best people to give you a ‘skin check’ are your GP, Skin Cancer Clinic or Dermatologist. They should have the skills and know-how to identify and treat suss looking spots. Hopefully… before they become dangerous.

To make getting checked as simple as possible, we’ve teamed up with the biggest, constantly updated database of medical practitioners in the country. It’s called the National Medical Health Services Directory, and it’s run by a wonderful team called Health Direct. This is the most comprehensive collection of clinics we could find and we look forward to hearing how you go. If you have any questions or if your have a #SkinCheckVictory… please get in touch!

Also, if you’re not happy with the quality of your skin check, we encourage you to shop around until you are. So many skin cancers go un-detected every year, which is why it’s important to get the best possible service you can – preferably with clinical imaging on a platform like DermEngine. And remember… never be afraid to ask questions.

GENERAL PRACTITIONERS

As recommended by the Cancer Council… the first step for getting your skin checked is to talk to your local GP. They should have access to your health history and can help you understand your personal skin cancer risk factors. Most GP’s should also be able to examine your skin, treat some skin cancers and refer you to a specialist if things are looking a bit more serious. They should also provide you with care and patient pathways depending on your diagnosis, as well as follow-up if you need to have something biopsied or seen to by someone else. As well as all this, your GP should provide you with valuable information about proper skin cancer prevention and being more sun-safe!

SKIN CANCER CLINICS

Australia has a great range of skin cancer clinics who offer a variety of services and fee arrangements. You don’t need a referral to go to a skin clinic, and some clinics bulk-bill for at least some of their services. Most doctors who work in skin clinics are GPs, not dermatologists, and research has shown that doctors in general practice and those working in skin cancer clinics generally diagnose skin cancer with similar accuracy. However, skin cancer is their day-to-day specialty, and many have done extra training which could lead to a more in-depth service.

DERMATOLOGISTS

Specialists who treat skin cancer include dermatologists (doctors who’ve completed additional training in skin diseases), plastic surgeons and some general surgeons. If you’d like a consultation with a specialist, you may require a referral – which is why seeing a GP is the preferred first step. Also, there are just under 600 registered Dermatologists in Australia, and many don’t always focus on skin cancer, so demand for their services is often very high, leading to long wait times and (sometimes) high prices. However… they’re usually super talented at what they do and if your GP finds something dangerous, they may be able to bump you up the priority list.

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