At the start of your appointment, your doctor will ask you questions about your relevant history, including your family history and your personal history. This helps determine if you’re more predisposed to skin cancer.
Your doctor will also discuss risk factors with you, such as your regular exposure to UV radiation, working conditions, skin type and any other risk factors that may be relevant.
Skin Cancer Check
Your doctor will do a thorough check of the skin on your entire body, including your scalp, your eyelids, between your fingers and toes, and your underarms. This is because skin cancers can sometimes appear in places that aren’t regularly exposed to the sun. Our doctors use a dermascope to closely examine spots, lesions and moles for any irregularities or signs for concern. They will also take a magnified, high-definition photo of anything that looks suspicious so that it can be saved and digitally monitored. If there are any spots or lesions that you’re concerned about, you can tell your doctor so that the spot can be more closely examined.
If nothing suspicious is found, our doctors will advise on when they recommend you return for your next check. The timeframe will depend on your history, risk factors and your skin. We also provide advice on doing a self-check at home in between visits and what sort of things to look for.
If there is something that looks suspicious, your doctor will give you information and recommend the next steps, whether they should be monitoring, biopsy or removal. Your doctor’s recommendations will depend on the appearance of the lesion and specific professional guidelines.
We also send you your photos so that you’ll be able to use them as a reference when doing your home checks and you’ll have easy access if you decide to obtain a second opinion.
If your doctor recommends removing the mole, we can do most removals in our clinic, or we will refer you to the right facility. All removals are sent to a lab to be tested for malignancy.