Skin checks performed by an experienced skin cancer specialist result in earlier diagnosis of skin cancers. Early skin cancers are less likely to lead to serious health consequences, and treatment of these early skin cancers is easier, less expensive and causes less scarring.
Why Have Your Skin Checked?
In 2015, there were 2712 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in Victoria, and 379 people died of melanoma. Fortunately, death from melanoma is preventable if it is diagnosed early — according to the Victorian Cancer Council, if a melanoma is less than 1mm thick at the time of diagnosis, there is close to 100% survival 5 years after diagnosis.1
Most melanomas are detected by patients or their partners. However, melanomas detected by doctors during skin cancer checks tend to be thinner at the time of diagnosis. Whole body skin examination and dermoscopy is considered one of the most effective ways of reducing the harm caused by skin cancer.2
Spot Check Services
|Full body skin check||
Detailed examination of your skin from head to toe, performed by an experienced skin cancer specialist doctor
Recommended for people at average risk of skin cancer, usually once per year for people aged 40 or over. (Younger for people with many moles, history of skin cancer or solarium use, family history of melanoma.)
|Single spot check||
Examination of a new, changing or other spot of concern that you have identified.
Recommended for low risk people (usually younger than 40 with few moles, skin that tans easily, no history or family history of skin cancer) who check their own skin regularly.
Also recommended if you regularly have your skin checked elsewhere but need to have a single spot of concern checked at short notice.
|Mole mapping||A series of photographs of your whole body, repeated periodically to detect new or changing spots|
|Follow-up||A brief visit to re-examine and/or re-photograph spots of interest|
- Cancer Council Victoria, 2016. Cancer in Victoria: Statistics and trends 2015
- Cancer Council Australia, 2015. Position statement - Screening and early detection of skin cancer