Description of Medical ServicePhotography of body regions (total body photography) allows future comparison to look for new pigmented lesions which may be melanoma. Close up high resolution photographs of existing moles and freckles (digital dermoscopy) can be used for future comparison to look for the early changes of melanoma arising in existing moles and freckles. This new digital/computer based technology assists in early detection of melanoma.
Description of Medical ConditionMelanoma is a cancer which arises from the cells in the skin that produce skin colour (pigment cells= melanocytes). Melanomas grow initially in the skin, but as they progress, can spread elsewhere in the body and kill the patient. This process is called metastasis.
Melanoma is a major cause of cancer death in Australia. A major cause of melanoma is sun exposure – especially during childhood. Other factors include genetic predisposition. Risk factors that put people at high risk include: (1) multiple sunburns; (2) fair skin; (3) family history of melanoma; (4) multiple moles; (5) irregularly appearing moles (known as dysplastic naevi); (6) solarium use; and (7) depressed immune system.
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item
Medical Service TypeTherapeutic
Previous Application NumberNot Applicable
Applicant Proposed Protocol for for comment, released 3 March 2014
Unratified DRAFT Protocol Released for Public Consultation (PDF 281 KB)
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Public Summary Document-
Meetings for this Application
PASC16 - 17 April 2014
11 - 12 December 2014
11 - 12 August 2016