Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions.
Should I have a MoleMap Skin Check or a Full-Body MoleMap?
If you are at high-risk, it is recommended that you have a Full-Body MoleMap. The Full-Body MoleMap is a proactive way to help manage your melanoma risk by tracking the slightest change in your skin and moles. Generally, you should have a Full-Body MoleMap if you:
- You have a personal or family history of melanoma
- Have a high number of moles
- Want a pro-active way to help manage your melanoma risk
- Want a baseline of your skin and moles created for future comparison
If you are still unsure about which solution is best for you, give our friendly customer care team a call on 1800 665 362 and they will be able to assist you.
How does the MoleMap Skin Check compare to a Full-Body MoleMap?
The MoleMap Skin Check service involves a thorough head-to-toe skin check by a MoleMap melanographer and identification and imaging of any moles showing features of skin cancer for subsequent expert dermatologist diagnosis. In the MoleMap Skin Check some patients will not require any moles imaged if there is nothing of concern at this point in time.
This is different to the Full-Body MoleMap – every significant mole is imaged and monitored over time and it also involves Total Body Photograph to create a complete visual record of your skin surface. The Full-Body MoleMap helps you to proactively manage your melanoma risk by tracking changes in your skin (through photographic records) to detect melanoma at its earliest possible stage.
I have previously had a Full-Body MoleMap, can I now have a MoleMap Skin Check?
Yes. The MoleMap Skin Check is a different service to the Full-Body MoleMap that you have previously experienced.
The MoleMap Skin Check service involves a thorough head-to-toe skin check by a MoleMap melanographer and identification and imaging of any moles showing features of skin cancer for subsequent expert dermatologist diagnosis. This is different to the Full-Body MoleMap – every significant mole is imaged and monitored over time.
If you choose to have a MoleMap Skin Check, the Melanographer will conduct the procedure using your existing MoleMap record however they will not make comparisons of moles (i.e. the serial monitoring) or to your Total Body Photographs.
What will happen if something suspicious shows up?
How often do I need to have my skin checked?
What will happen to my records if I move out of the area?
The images will continue to be stored in our central database and can be accessed from other MoleMap clinics as required. This means you can continue to be active in monitoring your moles by going to your nearest MoleMap clinic.
Does MoleMap remove moles?
No. MoleMap prides itself on the accurate diagnosis of skin cancer and therefore aims to minimise any unnecessary excisions of benign moles. As such we do not currently offer an onsite mole removal service but instead we redirect you back to your referring GP for further treatment.
Will my procedure be covered by health insurance?
Some of the private health insurances cover the service. It is best to check your health insurance policy or call your health insurance provider to determine whether they will cover the cost of the procedure. There is no item number, some of the cost may be covered as an extra depending on your policy inclusions.
Are MoleMap services covered by Medicare?
Unfortunately, there is currently no Medicare rebate. But some private health covers may rebate some of the appointment costs. Please check with your own insurer to confirm what is covered by your policy.
I am a healthcare professional, where can I find further information on MoleMap?
Please visit molemapmd.com.
Do I see a dermatologist?
During your appointment, you will see a Melanographer (Registered Nurse), trained to identify and image lesions that meet our dermatologist’s criteria. These images are assessed by our dermatologists after your appointment using dermoscopic technology and a report provided within 5 to 10 business days. You will not see a dermatologist face to face.
Can I arrange for an appointment with your dermatologists?
Not through MoleMap. The dermatologist used to assess your lesions is a member of the Australian College of Dermatology and registered within Australia. However, they may not be from your own state, or in local region. Generally, we advise you to discuss any actions recommended on your report with you GP who will refer you to someone appropriate for any treatment required.