The doctor will begin their examination of skin cancer checks with an assessment of your risk profile.
You will be asked about:
- Your past and current sun exposure
- Your personal and family history of skin cancer
- Any other factors that may be relevant.
- From there, the doctor will examine your skin. You may be requested to do partial or complete examination (down to the undergarments). The reason is not all skin cancers can occur in places not exposed to the sun – even down to your pinky toes, and for the females – the breasts. Also, any suspicious looking moles and lesions will be examined. The more skin that’s checked, the more thorough your examination will be.
The doctor begins their examination with an assessment of your risk profile. You may be requested to do partial or complete examination (down to the undergarments). The reason is not all skin cancers can occur in places not exposed to the sun – even down to your pinky toes, and for the females – the breasts.
You are more at risk of develop skin cancer if you:
- Have grown up or have spent much of your life in a warm to hot country, such as Australia, or live or holiday in tropical or subtropical climates
- Have many roles, irregular moles or large moles
- Have freckly skin and tend to turn before you tan
- Have fair skin or blonde, red or light brown hair (for example those from a northern European background – Scandinavia, England, Ireland, Russia)
- Have been previously treated for skin cancer, a melanoma or other type
- Have a family history of skin cancer, especially melanoma
- Work indoors during the week and then get intense sun exposure on weekends
- Spend a lot of time outdoors for leisure or work
- Have an autoimmune disease, such as lupus
- Have had an organ transplant
- Take medication that lowers your level of immunity
- Take oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
Your doctor will discuss the options available to you and will make suggestions according to the assessment. In saying this, there are various surgical and non-surgical treatment available to suit your individual needs.
The cost of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your skin cancer and the type of treatment used.