At clinic. skin., Dr. Wilmot and Dr. Devin employ their many years of experience to ensure you have the most clarity possible about your skin. We do our utmost to ensure any concerning spots or moles either pass a cancer-free test, or are on track for immediate treatment at your next skin check appointment.
In Australia, and especially on the Sunshine Coast, we are in one of the most at-risk areas with two out of every three Australians being diagnosed with a kind of skin cancer before turning 70. Fortunately, many types of skin cancer can be dealt with early on, so it’s important to get yourself checked regularly by a professional skin cancer doctor.
Spot or Mole Checks
Not all moles and spots are harmless. Odd shaped, coloured or lumpy moles can actually be melanomas that can quickly develop into serious issues if they aren’t treated. Booking a spot or mole check appointment with clinic.skin. is the best way to ensure you’re getting a full assessment of your spots to understand whether they are benign or malignant and put a treatment plan together straight away or plan a follow-up assessment to see whether your spot remains benign.
Other than a clinical assessment of any new or growing moles, clinic. skin. also use a specialised dermascope to determine the risk of all types of moles or spots on your body. This tool allows us to get a close-up view of the skin and trace any changes over time if necessary.
What to Expect
- At the time of booking, you are encouraged to talk about your concern or regular check-up, we will advise whether the mole or spot check option sounds like it will be the best option for you.
- At your appointment, our nurse will take you to a private consultation room.
- The skin cancer doctor you have chosen to book with will assess your aforementioned spots or skin lesions and make a risk-assessment of any new or growing moles. We will also use a dermascope to determine the risk of all types of moles or spots on your body.
- In most cases your doctor will be able to provide immediate feedback about your concerning spots, and advise on one of the following outcomes:
- Your spots display no risk, your doctor will suggest when you should think about organising your next check
- Your spots display a minor risk, and advise that you should come back for a more detailed assessment at an elected date to measure any changes in your spots
- Your spots show some risk, and your doctor will be able to either remove the spot or prescribe medication, often in the form of a cream, that you can purchase at your local pharmacist
- Your spots show a serious risk of skin cancer. Your doctor will organise a time with you to organise the best management plan to tackle the concern, and likely conduct a full body examination to check whether the issue has already spread.
- During your appointment, your doctor will give a detailed description of their findings and recommendations, and you are completely welcome to ask your doctor any questions.
Full Body Skin Checks
Much like a mole and spot check, a full body skin check at clinic.skin. is your most comprehensive option to ensure your skin is cancer free. Bookings are recommended at least once every 12 months.
What to Expect
- Similar to the mole or spot checks, a nurse will take you to a private consultation room. However, for this appointment we will suggest that you undress to your underclothes to allow for a full body examination. Do not hesitate to let us know if you would prefer to keep clothes on.
- Examination involves lying on our comfortable and fully electronic bed where your doctor examines from head to toe using a specialised dermascope in close detail.
- As with the spot or mole check, your doctor will give feedback about their findings, and you are more than welcome to ask any questions you like.
When Should I Book a Skin Check Appointment?
It is suggested that you book a mole check or full body skin check at least every 12 months. This should be done more frequently if you:
- Are often exposed to the sun or have fair or freckled skin
- If you have any family history of skin cancer
- If you are taking medications that can increase your risk of getting skin cancer
- Suffer from any health issues such as immunosuppression
Cancerous growth can develop quickly in-between these checks, so it is important to monitor any new growths of spots, lesions or moles and book a spot check appointment to confirm that any changes in your skin are not malignant.
Dr. Devin and Dr. Wilmot are both fully qualified Medical General Practitioners and hold diplomas in Skin Cancer Medicine (MBBS FRACGHP SCCA) and are members of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia, as well as the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.