What to expect when attending a clinic

Please see the below standard procedure for an appointment with Australian Skin Cancer Clinics. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to the reception staff at your closest clinic.

  • Upon arrival please report to reception
  • Ensure your contact details are up to date
  • Have your Medicare, Pension, Healthcare or Veteran Affairs cards handy
  • When the Doctor calls you into the consultation room he/she will ask you some questions regarding family history, previous excisions, occupation, level of sun exposure and frequency of sun protection
  • Your Doctor will ask you if you have any spots you are concerned about
  • Your Doctor will ask you to undress to your underwear
  • Your Doctor will begin a systematic approach using a dermatoscope to cover all parts with particular attention to sun exposed areas
  • Remember to tell your doctor about any lesions of concern in areas that may be hard to see, such as your scalp or those concealed by underwear
  • Your Doctor may lightly palpate each lesion for additional clues
  • Your Doctor will check your liver and lymph nodes (neck, armpits, groin) if following up from a previous melanoma
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