What are skin checks?
Skin checks are regular skin examinations that are performed as a preventative approach to skin cancer. Skin checks are recommended for the early detection of skin cancers and melanoma. Dermatologists specialise in providing expert diagnosis and early detection of skin cancers. Dermatologists in Australia have the most rigorous training in skin cancer detection and are the recognised experts by medicare.
Why is a skin check done?
Skin checks or skin exams should be done regularly by dermatologists as most skin cancers can be found at an early stage during these exams. Treatment of skin cancers at an early stage is simpler than lesions which have been left for years. Australians report an extremely high rate of skin cancer because of our environment and lifestyle.
Generally, regular skin checks are especially important for people with the following conditions:
- Reduced immunity
- Very fair complexion
- Strong family history of skin cancer and melanoma
- History of skin cancer
- Multiple instances of sun spots and sunburns
- Multiple abnormal-looking moles
- Experience of using solariums
What should I expect during a skin check?
During your visit with our dermatologist for a skin check, a careful and complete examination of your skin will be done as a part of your routine cancer-related checkup. Your dermatologist will answer your questions about the examination. The entire skin will be examined, including the hair, nails and mucosal surfaces. An appropriate light source and magnification may be used to distinguish lesions and rashes.
Some of the specialised skin examination techniques include:
- Dermoscopy, used to diagnose melanoma and abnormal moles
- Skin biopsy
- Dermoscopic photographs
- Full body photographs
Our dermatologists will assess your skin as a whole and, in addition to detecting skin cancers early, can advise on other skin problems found during your skin check, such as rashes and acne.