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Your GP.

Mind you, my experience over the last six months makes me an expert, I don't have a medicare billing number though.

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Either a dermatologist or Skin Cancer Clinic. I go to a SCC that is bulked billed attached to a medical centre.

FM

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My GP has extra qualifications in the area, just wondering if he'd do as good a job as you'd find in a clinic.

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5 minutes ago, Merv said:

My GP has extra qualifications in the area, just wondering if he'd do as good a job as you'd find in a clinic.

No difference in accuracy...apparently skin cancer can be a b i t c h to diagnose...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2015-11-19/skin-cancer-clinic-or-gp-who-is-best-to-check-a-skin-spot/6953662

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I go to a local skin clinic, it can be a bit disconcerting how quickly they can check you all over but I assume that they know what they are looking for. 

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Just now, Merv said:

My GP has extra qualifications in the area, just wondering if he'd do as good a job as you'd find in a clinic.

Possibly better. Most GP's in Aus (especially Qld) are pretty good with skin lesions etc as they see heaps. If he's had extra training then he'd be as qualified if not more-so than most at the clinics.

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One of the checks some forget is a retina scan - if you are in the 'at risk' category for melanoma, you should get this done.

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45 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Possibly better. Most GP's in Aus (especially Qld) are pretty good with skin lesions etc as they see heaps. If he's had extra training then he'd be as qualified if not more-so than most at the clinics.

Haven't seen a GP who dots the I's and crosses the T's like this guy, so I got no reason to doubt him.

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23 hours ago, Merv said:

Haven't seen a GP who dots the I's and crosses the T's like this guy, so I got no reason to doubt him.

Where is your GP? I am looking for a place in Brisbane and the most recommended place by friends costs $250 per check...

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Pieman, one of my mates works here: South East Dermatology at Stafford. 3856 5007. 285 Stafford Road. Dr Schmeider. 

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53 minutes ago, Tyno said:

Pieman, one of my mates works here: South East Dermatology at Stafford. 3856 5007. 285 Stafford Road. Dr Schmeider. 

Not sure if that's a recommendation or not.. 😁

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1 hour ago, pieman said:

Not sure if that's a recommendation or not.. 😁

It’s not, he didn’t say that he was any good or that he was a dermatologist, just that he’s a mate!

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7 minutes ago, Wronggenes said:

It’s not, he didn’t say that he was any good or that he was a dermatologist, just that he’s a mate!

Yeah and his portrait online he looks a bit shifty... that's 2 strikes.. 😁

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2 hours ago, Wronggenes said:

It’s not, he didn’t say that he was any good or that he was a dermatologist, just that he’s a mate!

I've got a mate who's a concretor. There's no way I'd recommend him to anyone.

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7 hours ago, pieman said:

Yeah and his portrait online he looks a bit shifty... that's 2 strikes.. 😁

Just tell him you’re a Trannie and you want your freckle checked. 

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1 hour ago, Tyno said:

Just tell him you’re a Trannie and you want your freckle checked. 

Ahhh. The Tyno Special..

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I go in today! There is a clinic on Market St in Sydney. After 2 half IMs last season (and the associated training) probably thought I better get myself checked.

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....I had some spots frozen off last week! GP did it in the clinic. I do go to a mole clinic every year and get checked... these ones on my hands just appeared from nowhere! 

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Wherever you decide to go, don't delay going.

I nearly cancelled an appointment last year because I just couldn't feel bothered to go.  Glad I ended up going. Doc found one on my leg.  A Level 1 melonoma which he cut out the next day.  

Another suspicious one found on my back about 3 months later but that turned out to be nothing.

Checked again last week and all clear.  :)

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I had a suspect dark spot removed by the skin cancer guy on the day of the check.  Seemed like a good idea at the time, but ended up with a Keeloyd which is very annoying as it rubs on my backpack and clothes.  Not sure how to avoid this happening as apparently it's more likely to happen to some people.

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Please turn away if you have a weak stomach.

Winter- the time to look hideous. It is the time I burn off a number of skin cancers and damaged skin. Currently working on eight (face and scalp). Should finish in two weeks then onto another six for three or so weeks. Painful and itchy for two weeks and hard to sleep  

FM - the elephant man

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That's a good advertisement for a broad-brimmed hat Flanman.

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1 hour ago, Flanman said:

Winter- the time to look hideous. It is the time I burn off a number of skin cancers and damaged skin. Currently working on eight (face and scalp). Should finish in two weeks then onto another six for three or so weeks. Painful and itchy for two weeks and hard to sleep.

Ouch looks nasty...  Did a GP do this?

I'm meant to have recently started a 4 week session of 'field treatment' on my face.  My GP & Dermatologist have been wanting me to do it for a couple of years now.  I was finally about to start but then had a few more urgent other unplanned medical issues.  Will probably still start it shortly but I'm not looking forward to it... I've seen some You Tube videos and photos on it and it looks horrific.

As Trinube states, it's a good add for people who like the outdoors to cover up!

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6 hours ago, Go Easy said:

Ouch looks nasty...  Did a GP do this?

No, it is a special cream that the skin specialist provided. I use it every winter to get rid of problems. It takes a few weeks. My nose is pretty bad so is reflected in the treatment.

 

8 hours ago, trinube said:

That's a good advertisement for a broad-brimmed hat Flanman.

Yes, always a good idea. I always wear a wide brimmed hat when out or a cap when racing. I now wear a cap under my helmet whilst training due to the scalp getting a few rays through the slits.

FM

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Spent time in hospital last week, dealing with the 'M' word - in skin vs. sun, skin always loses. Still, they tell me chicks dig scars, so I should be a magnet.

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10 hours ago, Flanman said:

Please turn away if you have a weak stomach.

Winter- the time to look hideous. It is the time I burn off a number of skin cancers and damaged skin. Currently working on eight (face and scalp). Should finish in two weeks then onto another six for three or so weeks. Painful and itchy for two weeks and hard to sleep  

FM - the elephant man

 

You know FM, there are easier ways to use up the sick leave before retirement...

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My wife has had something like 28 spots removed over the last 3 years, the most recent having been confirmed as melonoma.

She has full checks completed every 90 days. Whoever you go and see, don;t delay and muck about.

These things can change virtually overnight, and it can quickly become too late!!

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Yes mate - wise words. I have already been down that track and have had melanoma and every other skin cancer you can think of. I guess it was a miss- spent youth with pale features. I get checked every six months. The cream is to get rid of stuff before it turns nasty.

FM 

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Even if you "only" get a BCC diagnosed (as opposed to a melanoma) get on to it right away. Whilst they don't spread like melanomas they grow, and keep on growing.  They have to cut out a lot of flesh along with the BCC so if you leave it too long you can end up with half an ear missing or a prosthetic nose!!

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Pete is right. Do something early or you’ll cop this from BCCs  

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My wife went yesterday, & is going back for a biopsy on one tomorrow. I go for my first check in 4 years, in 2 weeks time.

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Basic stats - someone dies of melanoma in Australia every 5hrs, and typically it's because they weren't diagnosed until it had reached stage-3 or worse. Treated early, it's eminently curable, treated late, it's very hard to stop.

If you have a family history of melanoma, you can pretty much consider yourself with odds of 100% that you will have to deal with it at some time, and so regular checks are a must.

In my case, mother, father and aunt - with the last 2 dying of stage-4 diagnosed too late - means I get checked every 6mths.

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