If you’re worried about any of your moles then you should always get them checked by a doctor. You can make an appointment to see your GP, and if needed, they can refer you to a clinic at your local hospital. Or you may choose to have your moles checked privately.
Can a regular doctor check moles?
Your doctor can identify moles by looking at your skin. You may choose to make a skin examination a regular part of your preventive medical care. Talk to your doctor about a schedule that’s appropriate for you. During a skin exam, your doctor inspects your skin from head to toe.
Should I see my GP about a mole?
See your doctor if you develop a new mole or notice a change in an existing mole or area of your skin (including under your nail). Even if you’re worrying about what this might be, you shouldn’t delay seeing them.
Can GPs Look at moles?
In short, no. Your regular GP is qualified to diagnose skin cancers, and in most cases treat them as well. You may use a dedicated skin clinic if you wish, but in general the GPs at these clinics are no more qualified to perform skin checks than GPs at regular medical centres.
Can GP remove moles?
You can pay a private clinic to remove a mole, but it may be expensive. A GP can give you advice about where to get treatment.
Can a doctor tell if a mole is cancerous just by looking at it?
A visual check of your skin only finds moles that may be cancer. It can’t tell you for sure that you have it. The only way to diagnose the condition is with a test called a biopsy.
Can a pharmacist check a mole?
If you have concerns regarding a mole or lesion on your body, you should have this checked. You should either see your GP, or you can simply visit a local pharmacy delivering the mole scanning service in partnership with ScreenCancer. In the pharmacy you will be asked to complete a consent form with some personal data.
When should I get a mole checked by a doctor?
If you have any moles that are larger than most, have smudgy or irregular edges, are uneven in colour or have some pinkness, you should see a doctor and get them checked. Any moles that appear newly in adulthood should be checked. The most concerning sign, however, is a changing mole.
Can I send a picture of a mole to a doctor?
You can capture photos of suspicious moles or marks and track them yourself, or send them off to a dermatologist for assessment.
Can GP check for melanoma?
A GP can perform a skin check and examine any lesions of concern. They are familiar with your history, can talk to you about risk factors and family history, and treat some skin cancers. They might also refer you to a dermatologist, if needed.
Can a GP diagnose melanoma?
GPs and skin cancer clinics diagnose skin cancer with similar accuracy. Both GPs and skin cancer clinics get it right about 50 per cent of the time, based on a measure of the number of skin lesions removed per one diagnosis of skin cancer. For melanoma, both get it right around 5 per cent of the time.
What does Stage 1 melanoma look like?
Stage I melanoma is no more than 1.0 millimeter thick (about the size of a sharpened pencil point), with or without an ulceration (broken skin). There is no evidence that Stage I melanoma has spread to the lymph tissues, lymph nodes, or body organs.
How do doctors check moles?
Dermatologists use a dermatoscope to assess all of the moles on your skin. If any of the moles look abnormal, we would then want to remove them to send the mole tissue for microscopic laboratory testing. This means the mole is reviewed under the microscope and all features can be accurately assessed.
How much does it cost to have moles removed?
Typical costs: Removal of a mole typically costs about $150 to $400. It varies from doctor to doctor and by which technique is used.