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MoleChex? (or, where to get moles checked out)
Matt
Brisbane, Queensland
893 posts
Got a few sus moles I want to get checked out before I move overseas. Anyone been to MoleChex on ipswich rd? Their website seems a bit dodgy but I don't know who else you'd go see for this kind of thing. Also, it says the initial consultations are bulk billed but what other costs are potentially involved?

Cheers
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nF
Forum Hero
Wynnum, Queensland
15908 posts
Alex Hills Hotel.
10:16pm 04/05/09 Permalink
JohnnieD
Brisbane, Queensland
1562 posts
I go to Coorparoo Skin Cancer Clinic. 2/148 Chatsworth Rd, Coorparoo. www.skindoctor.com.au 33240466 (I have their card right here as I really need to book my next appointment)

Two skin cancer specialists there. I'm trying to remember how much it costs, but it's like they charge you $45 and then they send in a claim using your Medicare details. You receive a cheque in the mail from Medicare addressed to them for about $30 which you then give back to them. I see them once a year and both guys are good.
10:20pm 04/05/09 Permalink
Ospi
Brisbane, Queensland
163 posts
Molescan

http://www.molescan.com.au/index.php?mod=Clinics

Also one in toombul shopping centre there that I went to a few years ago which was good, if you are at that end of town.
10:21pm 04/05/09 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
12186 posts
I just want to cut it of your face and chop it into guacamole!
10:24pm 04/05/09 Permalink
JohnnieD
Brisbane, Queensland
1563 posts
Yeah the gap fee (how much you pay is $45) and the sessions take 20 mins
10:25pm 04/05/09 Permalink
Matt
Brisbane, Queensland
894 posts
Thanks JohnnieD, that's exactly what I'm after and they're not too far away from me. They seem a lot more reputable than MoleChex.
10:28pm 04/05/09 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
26712 posts
My 2c: don't bother going to one of these places.

I had a mole I was worried about - not really, but it had changed colour and I thought I'd just go for a look. The guy barely had a glance at it and decided to chop it off. Its a relatively painless and boring procedure, so it's nothing to be worried about or anything.

I spoke to Dad afterwards (he's a doctor) and he said this is pretty much standard operating procedure for these guys. Basically they get paid by Medicare on a per-mole-extraction basis - so it's commercially in their interests to just chop you - always - regardless of whether or not you need it.

So basically by going to these guys you'll almost certainly have the mole removed, which essentially comes from medicare, so it's just these small operators that are whaling on taxpayers to cash it in - they can perform a simple procedure which takes literally a few minutes, has zero post-operative care, and is hugely profitable for them.

So, go to your GP instead and get it checked out. They'll be able to tell you whether it's worth worrying about and they'll refer you to a (presumably) reputable place to get it dealt with.

This is of course just my 2c biased heavily by what my dad told me, but it makes perfect sense to me. Of course, I'm just some guy on the Internet and this is entirely anecdotal, so your mileage may vary.
10:38pm 04/05/09 Permalink
Crakaveli
USA
3303 posts
Heh, i'd make em a fortune
11:22pm 04/05/09 Permalink
JohnnieD
Brisbane, Queensland
1564 posts
Yeah trog I remember you saying that once before and I do see how that can happen. Just in my experience I've seen these guys 3 times so far. The first guy told me it's standard to see them every two years but the last time I went the other guy (who I preferred) said I should return once a year which I agree with because of my skin type (I'm half Scandinavian and have lived in Qld my whole life). Anyway, they've never said I should have anything removed only to keep an eye on one mole in particular.

As for my family's GP (I don't normally go to a doctor), he's a bit of a random, he bulk bills and so rushes through as many patients in a day as he can, like seriously rushes you out the door, and he writes prescriptions with no repeats so you have to go back and see him again each time letting him bulk bill Medicare more. I once went and saw him about a mole and he pretty much said it looked fine to him but he said he wasn't a skin specialist lol so that's what made me want to actually visit a clinic like this, which I researched before I visited. But yeah, if I actually did need to see a doctor regularly I'm pretty sure I'd hunt down a GP I trusted.

In other words, I'm agreeing with you trog, you just have to find decent health professionals in whatever field you're after.

Edit: your dad would have had more experience with these places than I have obviously but my experience with them has been good so far

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Fireblood
Brisbane, Queensland
9207 posts
Ermm maybe those places are doing you a favour? Get all the moles cut out....no more visits?

I should really get mine checked out.....

Yeah JohnnieD, some of those bulk bill gps are just dodgy....seriously just want to get you out the door. Thankfully I only need to go see them for scripts/doctors certs (2 in the past 2 years)!
11:54pm 04/05/09 Permalink
Insom
Brisbane, Queensland
2917 posts
also if you have suspect moles you don't know about then the moley moley mole scan will find em
12:09am 05/05/09 Permalink
whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
13874 posts
I had a mole I was worried about - not really, but it had changed colour and I thought I'd just go for a look. The guy barely had a glance at it and decided to chop it off. Its a relatively painless and boring procedure, so it's nothing to be worried about or anything.

That's the opposite of me. I've got this bigass mole looking object on my lower back that bleeds if you knock it and my local doctor took one look at it said "nah it's harmless, won't hurt you but I can cut it off if you want". As far as I understand it, if a mole IS cancerous they have to remove far more tissue than you could in a 10 minute session at some unclean clinic that every man and his dog has put their sweat all over. I'm no doctor though so I could be wrong but I always thought they took a few cells, sent it off to be tested, if it comes back malignant they cut a big chunk of your skin out to make sure they get all of it and don't leave any cells behind.
12:44am 05/05/09 Permalink
FaceMan
Brisbane, Queensland
864 posts
spoke to Dad afterwards (he's a doctor) and he said this is pretty much standard operating procedure for these guys. Basically they get paid by Medicare on a per-mole-extraction basis - so it's commercially in their interests to just chop you - always - regardless of whether or not you need it.


I had one on my arm removed because the Dr thought it looked suspect.
Gave me a local and cut it out.
It was worth it just to watch it done.
Went back and seen him 2 weeks later as part of another matter and he tells me that it wasnt cancerous.

WTF DID YOU CUT IT OUT THEN ??
12:54am 05/05/09 Permalink
whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
13876 posts
^^ he didn't really cut anything out, he slipped you some acid which made you THINK he cut it out when really he implated a tacking device in your arm to keep tabs on your movements.
01:11am 05/05/09 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
24906 posts
just go to your doctor
05:36am 05/05/09 Permalink
Strange Rash
1018 posts
Aren't there dogs that can smell out your cancer?

06:18am 05/05/09 Permalink
nF
Forum Hero
Wynnum, Queensland
15909 posts
Yeah to add to what Zy said, I have this massive scar on my back from when I had a mole cut out when I was younger. Its bigger than the mole ever was and the biopsy came back negative anyway. So I'll take my chances in future.
07:48am 05/05/09 Permalink
sparrow
Brisbane, Queensland
339 posts
I just go to my GP - he said i should check them myself every few months to make sure they're not changing, and get him to check them out once a year.
08:07am 05/05/09 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
9648 posts
As far as I understand the process it goes something like this:

Skin issues get looked at, then based on a selection of criteria are categorized.

Anything above a certain category is biopsied and sent off to a lab were the cells will be looked at in more detail. It may also get burnt/frozen off just be safe.

If the suspect mole is categorized as high risk it would probably be removed on the spot, while getting it sent off for biopsy. If it is in this very high risk then the Doc would want to cut off a decent chunk to make sure he/she gets it all. I don't think a burninating is sufficient for a cancer that is starting to grow deeper.


Also, Paging Nubbin to the thread please.

last edited by Tollaz0r! at 09:33:05 05/May/09
09:31am 05/05/09 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
26715 posts
In other words, I'm agreeing with you trog, you just have to find decent health professionals in whatever field you're after.

Edit: your dad would have had more experience with these places than I have obviously but my experience with them has been good so far
yeh, I should have said, I'm sure some of the mole checking places are great and the guys there are really good for sure, but just my (very tiny) experience is such that it aligns with what my dad says, so now I'm heavily biased
09:51am 05/05/09 Permalink
sLaps_Forehead
Brisbane, Queensland
4249 posts
Its a lucky dip.

The last guy I went to didnt want to cut any of them out and I'm covered in the c****.
10:23am 05/05/09 Permalink
exo
Brisbane, Queensland
8361 posts
So, go to your GP instead and get it checked out. They'll be able to tell you whether it's worth worrying about and they'll refer you to a (presumably) reputable place to get it dealt with.

This. Also, try and keep the same doctor if possible for as long as possible. My family and I have had the same GP for my entire life, and will make the time to drive across town to see him. He knows my entire medical history and will regularly check things like moles for me, because he has it on record.
11:01am 05/05/09 Permalink
Thundercracker
Brisbane, Queensland
1979 posts
Wifey says there is no evidence that removing moles actually reduces your chance of getting skin cancer. The main problem is that they have a lot of troubles running a controlled test to see if it is actually effective or not.

protip: don't go outside
11:19am 05/05/09 Permalink
BillyHardball
Brisbane, Queensland
8984 posts
We need nubbin to weigh in in this thread - last time she talked about gettig miles checked out she was talking about a clinic that takes a photo of every mole on your body and keeps it in your file, so when you go back they can properly check how much each mole has changed by. From memory it was expensive, like $200 - 300, but nubbin said it was worth it if you have any moles you're worried about.

Anecdotally, a friend just had to have some moles removed from her back, and she was worried about one on her forehead, both cosmetically and clinically. I can't remeber the exact story, but the skin cancer clinic said she should definitely get it cut out, her GP told her it was harmless, and a third opinion said it was most likely nothing but it wouldn't hurt to remove it. IMO, I'd be inclined to think of the worst case scenario and take steps to prevent that. The price of not getting a dangerous mole removed is potentially much higher than getting a mole removed and it being nothing.
11:50am 05/05/09 Permalink
Scooter
Brisbane, Queensland
1880 posts
Been to the same guy 4 times (Over 4 years) never wanted to cut anything out of me. He now moved down to Beenleigh (from Springwood) so i'll have to find someone new.

Was ~$40 last time I went IIRC. Cant remember the name (or new address) but it seems you have a few suggestions already anyway.
12:04pm 05/05/09 Permalink
koopz
Brisbane, Queensland
7644 posts
I go to Coorparoo Skin Cancer Clinic


+1.

I've had 2 cut out that were identified as melonomas, and burnt off a few others.

I've got to go back and have another 2 burnt off the back of my head and my lower back. the one on the back of my head was cut out by the family GP in 1992.. I wouldn't have thought it'd grow back :/
01:52pm 06/05/09 Permalink
Kat
10804 posts
Another who suggests just going to your Dr.
01:55pm 06/05/09 Permalink
$ack
Brisbane, Queensland
484 posts
Had one cut out of my lower back from a GP.

Went to a Free Skin Alert place about 6months later for the hell of it, they seemed pretty cool.

But what trog said does make sense.
11:22pm 06/05/09 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
7515 posts

So basically by going to these guys you'll almost certainly have the mole removed, which essentially comes from medicare, so it's just these small operators that are whaling on taxpayers to cash it in - they can perform a simple procedure which takes literally a few minutes, has zero post-operative care, and is hugely profitable for them.

So, go to your GP instead and get it checked out. They'll be able to tell you whether it's worth worrying about and they'll refer you to a (presumably) reputable place to get it dealt with.


That of course was advice from a GP who no doubt charges 40 to 50 bucks to look at the mole (you get what 24 back?)and tell you they can't do anything but they can send you to a friend who for a few hundred (if you are lucky) will.

Or you could get it burnt or chopped off cos like you said, it's low risk and probably no out of pocket for you.
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