Before your skin check appointment
What happens during your skin cancer check?
Your skin check is generally completed in a fifteen minute session and is a simple, non-invasive process.
Dr Nick Theris will start with an assessment of your skin cancer risk and a review of your general medical history including any medication.
You should advise the Doctor if there are any specific moles, spots or lesions which are sore, changing, abnormal or new.
A full body check will then be performed using a special magnifying tool called a dematoscope, where a light source and magnifying glass are used to see spots on the skin more clearly.
Alternatively, you can ask your Doctor to examine only specific moles or spots
Simple treatment such as cryotherapy, will be performed during the session.
If the Doctor finds a mole or spot that requires further testing, such as a biopsy or a more complex surgical excision (cut out) a separate appointment will be scheduled for you.
Dr Theris will also check your liver and lymph nodes (neck, armpits, groin) if following up from a previous melanoma.
What happens after your skin check?
Depending on your level of risk for developing skin cancer, Dr Theris may recommend regular follow ups. This may vary from every few months to once a year.
He will set up a ‘skin check reminder’ in your record that will alert you when you should next book in for an appointment.
Who needs a skin check?
Anyone with a risk factor for skin cancer should consider getting a whole body skin examination. Skin cancers can appear even on areas of the body that are not exposed to the sun.
Our patients are people from all walks of life. Here are some of the risk factors that increase the risk of having a skin cancer:
- A family member has had a skin cancer treated
- You have been sunburnt in the past, particularly as a child
- You have used a solarium in the past, particularly under the age of 30
- You have a large number of moles on your body
- You work outdoors or have done so in the past
- You regularly pursue an outdoor sport such as cricket, golf, surfing, running, or swimming
- You have had a skin cancer before
- You have a very fair skin which burns easily