Early detection and treatment is the key to the cure of skin cancer. We recommend a complete examination of your skin but we also offer single or multi lesion skin checks. A full skin check involves asking you some questions to determine your risk factors for skin cancer. The skin examination is from the scalp to toes checking all your moles and other skin spots. You will be required to undress to underwear. A nurse chaperone is available for these examinations. Your skin is examined using a dermatoscope (skin microscope). This instrument gives us more information on the detail and structure of skin lesions enabling greater accuracy in diagnosis. Digital photographs can be taken through the dermatoscope of suspicious skin lesions.
If you are a high risk patient for skin cancer we may recommend total body photography/mole mapping. Photographs are taken of the high risk skin areas of your body and used as a reference for future skin examinations. Some treatments may be carried out at the time of your skin examination e.g. cryotherapy or punch biopsy. Lesions that require excision are scheduled for another appointment.
For most people we recommend annual skin checks. We prefer that makeup and nail polish are not worn for skin examinations as it may camouflage lesions of concern.