top of page
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.
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
bottom of page