STAY SAFE IN YOUR SKIN
By the age of 70, 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer. We’re on a mission to make sure that all Australians get checked out for skin cancer before summer hits.
Our experienced Family Doctors will make sure your skin is safe with low cost or bulk billed skin checks for Medicare card holders.
Bulk Billed Skin Checks
The following SmartClinics Family Medical Centre locations are offering fully bulk-billed skin checks for Medicare card holders:
- Ipswich – Dr Denis Bartrum on Mondays & Wednesdays
- Burleigh Heads (Gold Coast) – All Doctors bulk bill skin checks
Discounted Skin Checks - $20 out of pocket
Skin Checks are only $20 out of pocket for Medicare Card holders at the following locations:
You can find the clinic at 275 George Street in Brisbane's CBD. The entrance is on Adelaide Street, next to Cicada. SmartClinics George Street is one of our most state-of-the-art clinics, and one of the most modern in Brisbane. Brand new and custom built, SmartClinics George Street has all the requirements to address a huge range of health concerns in-house. There's free WiFi and a work station so you can continue working, or just browse the internet, while you wait.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
It’s easy enough to say “I’ll get checked next year”, but then that turns into the year after, and the year after that, and before you know it, you’ll need extensive skin excisions and removals. Skin cancer can be deadly, but a simple skin check can greatly reduce your risk.
There are dozens of risk factors for skin cancer. You are most at risk if you:
- Spent your childhood in Australia (particularly Queensland)
- Have ever been sunburnt
- Work outdoors or somewhere with significant sun exposure
- Have fair skin or burn easily
- Have blue or green eyes
- Have fair or red hair
- Have a large number of moles, freckles or other similar skin blemishes
A skin check is a very straightforward procedure and it will be over before you know it. During your skin check, your doctor will be able to identify a number of potential issues that may increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
If any of your moles or similar spots appear dangerous or likely to develop into skin cancer, your GP will help you organise a follow-up appointment for their removal.
We can conduct mole removal on-site at most clinics. Mole removal is usually a simple operation. We can conduct initial biopsies to assess the condition of your moles or spots. If necessary, we can carry out cryotherapy, which involves freezing the moles at extremely low temperatures to remove them. This can all be done in our modern, fully-equipped operating theatres in a short space of time, allowing you to get back to your life with peace of mind.
It’s important to address any moles or skin blemishes that your GP flags as being of concern as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence. The earlier that a mole or spot is removed, the better the chance of eliminating it permanently and avoiding large scars.
Check Your Own Skin
In between skin checks performed by a GP, it’s important to be aware of changes in your own skin and conducted the occasional cursory glance over your body. If you identify any moles, freckles or unusual skin spots that concern you, it’s important that you organise a visit with your GP and get it checked out.
When conducting your own skin checks, consider the ABCDE checklist to identify potential melanoma clusters:
- Asymmetry – if your mole is not a regular shape that can be divided equally in two, it may be abnormal.
- Border – an uneven border around your mole or freckle may be an indication of a developing melanoma.
- Colour – inconsistent colouring across the surface of a mole is a warning sign. Different shades of colour are a good sign that it needs to be checked out.
- Diameter – it's possible to identify melanoma before they get to a large size, but usually, melanomas are much larger than the average freckle or mole. If it is small, but fulfills one of the other categories, definitely get it checked out.
- Evolving – If your mole is changing in any way, such as colour, feel (eg, if it gets itchy), this is a major warning sign and you should organise an appointment with your GP immediately.
Stay ahead of skin cancer by getting a professional to check your skin. Book an appointment with SmartClinics today.
Queensland has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world.
If you’ve noticed a change in a mole or spot, don’t risk your health. Get your skin checked by your SmartClinics GP – especially if you are over 40 and/or have sundamaged skin, or multiple moles and freckles.