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Skin Checks

At Double Bay Doctors, our specialised team of practitioners are trained to diagnose, analyse and remove skin lesions. We emphasise the importance of early detection through regular self-examination and routine checks with your GP. 

WHO SHOULD HAVE A SKIN CHECK?

Regular skin checks are encouraged for all Australians, even more so for those with risk factors. Your doctor can evaluate your risk level and guide you on self-examination techniques. Understanding your skin and recognising changes is vital as skin cancers are often seen, rather than felt. 

STANDARD VS. ADVANCED SKIN CHECKS

Standard skin checks

A standard skin check involves a comprehensive examination of the skin's surface. During this check, your doctor will review your skin for any noticeable changes, irregularities or concerning spots. It is a fundamental assessment suitable for most individuals seeking routine skin health evaluations.

Advanced skin checks

An advanced skin check is recommended for individuals at higher risk or those with specific concerns. This check involves a more detailed and thorough examination, which is suitable for those with:

 

  • Higher risk - individuals with a family history of skin cancer or personal history of skin conditions predisposing them to higher risk.

  • Multiple concerning spots - if you have numerous spots of concern or notice changes in multiple areas of your skin.

  • Specific areas of concern - especially crucial for moles or lesions located on sensitive areas, such as the face or neck, which would require delicate care and consideration of the best cosmetic outcome. 

SKIN CANCER RISK FACTORS

Certain traits can increase skin cancer risk, including:
 

  • A lighter natural skin tone

  • Skin that easily burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun 

  • Blue or green eyes

  • Blonde or red hair

  • Certain types and large number of moles

  • A family history or previous personal history of skin cancer

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED A SKIN CHECK?

The Cancer Council recommends adults self-check their skin and moles every 3-months.

Those at risk should have a trained doctor examine them at least once a year, or as frequently as recommended by their practitioner. 

PROCEDURE INFORMATION

If required, most excisions and biopsies can be performed at Double Bay Doctors following an initial skin check.

 

For details on procedure fees, please click here.  

SKIN CHECK PRACTITIONERS

ADVANCED SKIN CHECK PRACTITIONERS

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