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.
During a full body check, the skin is examined from head-to-toe, looking for suspicious lesions. A special magnifying tool called a Dematoscope is used to analyse moles and lesions by 40x magnification. Alternatively, you can ask your Doctor to examine particular moles or lesions.
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.
How often should i get my skin checked?
If your last skin check was clear, Dr Theris will usually ask you to come back in 12 months. Depending on your level of risk for developing skin cancer, Dr Theris may recommend regular 3-6 month follow ups.
If there is something you are concerned about before your next appointment we suggest you book an appointment as soon as possible.