SKIN CHECKS

SKIN CHECKS

Consultation

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When you arrive at the Centre you will be asked to complete a patient questionnaire and consent form. Please bring a list of your current medications as well as your local GP details to help complete your forms.

The Doctor begins his examination with an assessment of your risk profile and your medical history. 
You will be asked about:
  • Any lesion concerning you
  • Your personal and family history of Skin Cancer
  • Current medications
  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Prior surgery
  • Allergies
  • Occupation
  • Your past and current sun exposure
  • Any other factors that may be relevant
Makeup, including lipstick and foundation should be removed prior to your consultation.
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Examination

Generally patients are asked to remove their clothing down to their underwear so that the entire skin may be easily examined. There is usually no need for your Doctor to routinely inspect the genital areas, or breasts in women. However if you do have a spot in these areas that you are concerned about, you should mention that to your Doctor so that the spot can be checked. 

The Doctor will examine your skin from head to toe using a specialised skin magnification device, called a dermatoscope. Particular skin spots will be examined by a high magnification device called a dermoscope. This will assist your Doctor in making a diagnosis. If your consent is received, photographs will be taken of any noteworthy lesions. High resolution digital photographic monitoring will also be used for any suspicious moles and will be kept on your personal file as a reference for future visits.

Treatment

If you are diagnosed with a Skin Cancer, your Doctor will discuss the best options for treatment based on your individual requirements.

Doctor Qualifications

Skin Cancer checks at Capricorn Skin Centre are performed by:

Dr Stephen Murray 
MB ChB FRACGP FSCCA MMed (Skin Cancer) MBA Dip PEC

Dr Stephen Murray is the principal and director of Capricorn Skin & Laser Centre. Dr Murray graduated in 1984 from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He spent a number of years as a rural procedural Doctor before immigrating to New Zealand in 1992. In 2003 Dr Murray moved to Rockhampton to focus on his interest in primary care Skin Cancer medicine. Dr Murray holds Fellowships with both the Australian and New Zealand Royal College of General Practitioners as well as a Fellowship with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. Dr Murray is actively involved in the teaching of Skin Cancer medicine and is a senior educator and lecturer for the John Flynn Student Program, Queensland Rural Medical Education (QRME), Skin Cancer College of Australia and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Dr Iqbal Hussain 
MBBS FRACGP FSCCA DPD (UK) Dip Derm (AUS)

Dr Iqbal Hussain was welcomed to our team at Capricorn Skin & Laser Centre in June 2009. Dr Hussain has a strong passion for Skin Cancer Medicine and Dermatology. In 2013, Dr Hussain achieved his Fellowship with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. He also holds an Australian Diploma in Dermatology and went on to study the prominent UK Diploma of Dermatology through Cardiff University. Dr Hussain is an experienced General Practitioner having achieved Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is actively involved in teaching the next generation of Doctors being that he is also an accredited supervisor of our GP Registrars in the QRME training program. 

Continuing Care

During your initial consultation your Doctor will advise when a review is necessary to ensure your skin is continuously monitored. After having an initial skin check with one of our Doctors, you may opt to be reviewed by our skin nurse, Helen Constant. Helen completed her Bachelor of Nursing with distinction in 1996 and in 2009 she attained her Australian Diploma in Dermoscopy through the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. Helen is continuously developing and extending her knowledge in the latest advances in Skin Cancer medicine and works closely with both of our skin Doctors to provide a professional and reliable skin review service.

If you do feel you require a review prior to the agreed upon date please don't hesitate to call the clinic and schedule an earlier appointment with either Helen or one of our skin Doctors. 

Fee Structure

Skin Cancer Consultations are charged out as follows:
Remember: Regardless of whether regular screening is being performed or not, if you detect a changing or newly developing skin lesion, or if you become concerned about any particular skin lesion, ensure that you have it checked by your doctor.
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