Skin Cancer Clinic
At Bluff Road Medical, we have experienced Skin Cancer Doctors that regularly conduct full body mole checks to identify any potential skin cancers.
Skin Cancer Doctors with qualifications from leading institutions
Holistic 360 Care
Our clinic includes a general practice to help support all of your care requirements at one location.
What happens in a Skin Check
During your 30-minute appointment, your Skin Cancer Doctor will undertake a full-body skin examination. Moles and suspicious skin lesions will be checked, then photographed using our FotoFinder Digital Dermoscopy system. Your Doctor will then provide their professional assessment.
Skin Cancer & Mole Checks
At Bluff Road Medical Centre we provide a comprehensive skin cancer screening and management service. Our team of skin cancer doctors are experts at identifying suspicious moles and lesions, and we also offer state-of-the-art digital imaging of your skin. We assess all forms of sun damage, including skin cancers such as melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and solar keratosis.
Choose an in-person Mole Check
Other skin cancer clinics offer ways of having your mole checked without leaving home. While technology and Artificial Intelligence is developing, we cannot rely upon images alone. Often the firmness, elevation or growth of a mole may be an indicator of a skin cancer such as melanoma. An experienced Skin Cancer Doctor can best assess this and detect possible cancers through a physical examination.
Our Skin Cancer Doctors
Bluff Road Medical has leading Skin Cancer Doctors with advanced qualifications from leading institutions in Skin Cancer.
Dr Kachig Maylan
MBBS, B.Sci(Biomed) Hons, FRACGP, MMed (Skin Cancer)
Kachig has completed his Masters in Medicine (Skin Cancer). He is also accredited by the Skin Cancer College of Australasia.
Dr Nick Kokotis
Nick is a member of the Skin Cancer Society of Australia and has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Skin Cancer.
Dr Jenny Kimmins
MBBS, FRACGP, Dip. Derm.
Dr Jenny completed her postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology with the Australian Institute of Dermatology.
Dr Joan San
MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG.
Dr Joan San completed her Expert Certificate in Dermoscopy and works regularly as a surgical assistant at Cabrini Hospital.
Dr Jason Lam
BDM, BMBS, DCH, MSportsMed, FRACGP
Jason has worked in both Plastic Surgery and Dermatology where he gained skills in skin cancer assessment and minimally-scarring surgery
Dr Mary Fonti
MBBS, BMBS, FRACGP, Dip Paeds
Mary completed her medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2007. She is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of GPs and has a certificate in skin cancer medicine.
Dr Krish Dinesh
FRACGP, MRCGP, Dip Derm (Cardiff), Dip Dermoscopy
Krish has completed a Diploma in Dermatology and is pursuing a Masters in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-oncology.
Dr Sara Tarafi
MBBS, BMBS, FRACGP, DipDermoscopy
Dr Sara Tarafi has a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Melbourne. She has completed a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine.
Why choose Bluff Road Medical Centre for your skin check-up?
We have Skin Cancer Doctors accredited by the Skin Cancer College Australasia. The imaging we provide is not routine, and is usually undertaken at skin cancer clinics. At Bluff Road Medical, we offer GP services and skin check-ups all conveniently under the one roof!
Our Sandringham skin doctors have undertaken advanced study to specialise in this area. We see high volumes of skin cancer, so we know what to look out for when it comes to identifying suspicious lesions and moles. What’s more, you won’t have to wait months to see us for your skin check.
Biopsies and surgery
If your doctor is concerned about a particular mole or lesion, they may suggest a biopsy to determine whether it is cancerous. This can be performed on-site at our clinic. We will take a small sample of the mole, then send it away for testing. For more details about accessing test results, please click here.
If the mole or lesion is malignant, our doctors can remove it on-site via surgery. We can remove most types of skin cancer or moles at our Sandringham medical clinic. Your doctor can explain the cost, results processing time and anticipated downtime (if any) to you during your appointment.
Dr Nicholas Kokotis, Dr Kachig Malyan, Dr Krish Dinesh, Dr Joan San, Dr Mary Fonti, Dr Jason Lam and Dr Sara Tarafi have conducted thousands of skin examinations between them.
Book a Skin Check with Bluff Road Medical
Based in Bayside, Bluff Road Medical’s Skin Cancer Doctors utilize modern imaging technology to give you peace of mind with any moles or skin concerns. Please make an appointment at our Sandringham medical clinic by calling 9598 6244.
For further information, please see:
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin Cancer occurs when there is damage to the skin, and this causes a growth of abnormal cells in the top layer of one’s skin. This can be a result of various risk factors such as excessive exposure to the sun and ultraviolet (UV) rays.
What types of skin cancer exist?
There are 3 main types of skin cancer namely:
– Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
– Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
The most dangerous of these types is Melanoma, although all of these forms can be successfully treated if captured and detected early.
What are Moles?
Moles are protrusions or growths on the skin. They may produce increased melanin, the very pigment that gives our skin its colour. However some moles also appear in different shades. Most moles are actually harmless, but some are potentially cancerous with the most dangerous of them being moles that signify Melanoma.
What is a Molecheck?
A skin cancer doctor performs a molecheck in order to do a full body review of your moles. He or she can identify any suspicious lesions you have which are potentially cancerous. At Bluff Road Medical, we use molemapping during a molecheck to help detect the presence of skin cancers as early as possible.
What is a Molemapping?
A molemap is when pictures of moles are taken so that we can assess their growth over time. We utilise Fotofinder technology to magnify moles and better observe their deeper structures in order to detect skin cancers early. We use such images for future reference at follow up-visits and for monitoring any changes. This kind of technology is strongly advised for high-risk patients who have a personal history of skin cancer or family members with it.
When should you get a molecheck?
We recommend having a molecheck at least once a year. If we notice a suspicious mole or lesion, we will either biopsy it or request that you return in 1-3 months. Afterwards, we will review any changes in moles that we initially flagged as signs of potential skin cancer.
What should I do if I see a suspicious growth on my skin?
Please schedule an appointment with your GP or skin doctor immediately for a professional review and obtain medical advice. The sooner you do this, the better.
What is a biopsy?
If your doctor has concerns about a mole or lesion on your skin, they may recommend a biopsy to determine whether it is cancerous. This can be performed on-site within our clinic at Bluff Road Medical. What we do here is take a small sample of the mole to send away for pathology testing.
Why should you have a skin check-up?
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. In fact, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they’re 70. For that reason, it’s extremely important to be vigilant about your skin and to have regular check-ups. The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the prognosis.
How often should you have a skin check-up?
We recommend having a skin check-up once a year. If you are concerned about a mole or lesion that has changed in appearance, please make an appointment to see us immediately. Similarly, if someone in your family has been diagnosed with skin cancer, it may be a good idea for you to schedule a skin check-up.
During your 30-minute appointment, your skin cancer doctor will undertake a detailed, full-body skin examination. Moles and suspicious skin lesions will be checked, then photographed using our FotoFinder Digital Dermoscopy system. These images can be used for future reference at follow-up visits to monitor any changes. This technology is designed for early skin cancer detection, and is strongly advised for high-risk patients with a personal or family history of skin cancer.
Patients are asked not to wear makeup or face creams to this consultation.
Many of us may remember the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign, which stands for the following:
- Slip on protective clothing to cover your skin,
- Slop on some sunscreen that protects your skin from UV light,
- Slap on a hat to shade your face from UV sunlight
In addition to the above, the Skin Cancer Council recommends seeking shade, avoiding tanning salons and seeking a regular skin cancer checkup from your Doctor.