Pharmacies asking $35 for skin 'spot checks'

Pharmacies are charging customers $35 to check a single skin lesion for potential malignancy, following major expansion of the so-called 'Spotcheck' service.

Sold under the tag line "make sure it's just a freckle", the service is being offered through Chemmart Pharmacies where staff take two photographs of the spot that the patient says is causing them concern.

The images — taken using an Ipod Touch equipped with the