What is the cost of an initial skin check ? This generally takes between 20 and 30 mins and the cost is between $180.00 & $200.00 depending on the complexity of the examination and time involved in planning of procedures. What equipment will the doctor use? Your doctor will use bright lights, a magnifying head lamp and a dermatoscope to have a close look at any spots that are unusual. A dermatoscope is a torch with a magnifying lens. Sometimes the doctor may take a photograph so it can be assessed immediately and possibly monitored over time for any change in appearance. What clothes do I need to remove? We are sensitive to the fact that some people feel uncomfortable removing most of their clothing. It is usual to remove your clothes down to your underwear. If you are not comfortable with this, you can choose what you wish to remove. The more skin the Doctor can examine, the more likely he is to identify lesions of concern. Moles that are dangerous can occur on any part of your skin - not just sun damaged skin. To assess lesions correctly, it is important that the Doctor feels spots on your skin as the texture helps with the diagnosis. You are very welcome to bring a support person with you. If the doctor finds anything unusual Your doctor will advise you if anything requires further investigation. Any procedure will be discussed with you and you will be given an opportunity to ask any questions before making your decision. After a lesion is removed it is sent to a laboratory for testing. Receiving the test results can take up to two to three weeks after which time you will be notified. What happens if a skin cancer is found? In most cases, when found early, skin cancer is easily and successfully treated with surgery only. Most cancers are cured once they are removed. Other non surgical treatments such as creams cryotherapy or radiotherapy may be used but this will depend on the type of cancer found. Following a skin check? Depending on your level of risk for developing skin cancer, your doctor may recommend regular follow up skin checks. In New Zealand we have a high rate of skin cancer due to our skin type and UV exposure here, so annual skin checks are advisable, but some people require this to be done more frequently. Should you wish to have regular skin checks we can put you on a recall so that you are aware of when you were last seen.
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