At Canberra Laser & Skin Clinic we provide full body skin checks. This will usually take around 10-15 minutes. Our doctor will discuss the finding(s) with you and possible treatment(s).
We use a dermoscope to evaluate pigmented lesions in order to distinguish malignant skin lesions, such as melanoma and pigmented basal cell carcinoma, from benign melanocytic naevi and seborrhoeic keratoses.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia. The sooner a skin cancer is detected the better your chance of avoiding surgery and potential disfigurements. While most skin cancers are found on the face, head, back and upper limbs, they can appear on any part of the body. The primary cause of skin cancer is UV radiation from the sun, but also from the tanning booths. Anyone can get skin cancer, especially if you have:
• Fair skin and freckles easily
• Light-coloured red hair and eyes
• A large number of moles
• Family history of skin cancer
• Previous history of blistering sunburn
• Spent a lot of time outdoors.
Familiarise with your skin, to pick up any changes that might suggest skin cancer – Look for: any crusty non healing sores, new spots, freckles, or moles changing in colour or thickness. If you notice any changes arrange an appointment with the doctor for a skin check immediately.
The good news is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer in Australia. Having regular skin checks will help you be aware of any skin changes.