A skin cancer check is performed by the skin cancer specialist doctors at Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic. It is a screening procedure in which our experienced practitioners will comprehensively examine your entire skin, particularly the areas that receive the most sun exposure, including the face, ears, neck, scalp, arms and legs. Skin checks usually last 15-20 minutes. You will be required to undress to your underwear and a blanket will be provided for your comfort. Genital areas are not routinely examined, however skin cancers can develop in any body areas, so inform your doctor about any spots you are concerned about under your underwear.
The doctor will only check these areas if you ask them to do so. To detect skin cancer and skin cancer precursors, a specialized tool (dermatoscope) helps the doctor see beneath the skin and to identify suspicious changes. Along with a physical check, clinical photography may be used for follow up of skin lesions. It is important to have a skin check regularly by a skin cancer specialist doctor at least once a year, or more frequently if you are at higher risk or have had skin cancer previously. Routine self-checks can be used to monitor your own skin in between checks, but cannot be relied upon to catch every concerning spot.
Skin cancer falls into two main categories, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC). NMSCs include squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Melanomas are usually found in areas most exposed to the sun but may also be present anywhere on the body, including the palms and soles of the feet. If a mole bleeds, changes in color or size, itches or burns, or is new, it needs to be immediately checked. BCCs are the most common type of skin cancer and usually present as waxy or pearly nodules and may be sore and scab and bleed. SCCs may present as crusty, painful, red lumps.
If you have a mole or skin growth, watch it for signs of below changes. If you notice any of the ABCDEs of melanoma, make an appointment right away to be evaluated by a skin cancer specialist .
To help your doctor check the areas that are prone to UV exposure, it is best to wear light clothing or clothing that you can easily remove, especially around your arms and legs. Please avoid wearing fake tan, make up or nail polish as they can disguise lesions and make them more difficult to pick up. Your doctor will guide you through the process and will advise you on any suspicious lesions or changes in the skin while performing an assessment.
Prevention of skin cancer is better than cure. You can reduce your risk of skin cancer with the following steps:
We recommend a consultation at the clinic with one of our highly trained specialists for an individualised skin plan to give you the radiant skin that you have been longing for