Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, but when detected early, it is highly treatable. It's recommended that a skin cancer check is performed every 12 months for those over 30 and more often if you are at a higher risk of skin cancers.
When you visit The Practice Bundanoon for a skin cancer check, our caring and knowledgeable practitioners will conduct a thorough examination of your skin. They will assess any moles, lesions, or other suspicious areas to determine if further investigation is necessary.
With a strong focus on early detection and prevention, The Practice Bundanoon is proud to utilise DermEngine Mole Mapping. This cutting-edge software allows our GPs to conduct comprehensive and accurate assessments of patients’ moles and skin lesions. Through high-resolution imaging and artificial intelligence analysis, DermEngine Mole Mapping enables the identification of subtle changes or irregularities that might go unnoticed during a visual inspection. This early detection approach ensures that potential skin cancer cases are promptly identified, leading to timely interventions and improved patient outcomes.
At The Practice Bundanoon, we prioritise patient education and involvement in their healthcare decisions. If a biopsy is recommended, our practitioners will thoroughly explain the procedure, address any concerns you may have, and ensure you are comfortable throughout the process. We understand that receiving a biopsy can be a stressful experience, and we strive to provide a supportive and compassionate environment for all our patients.
Should a biopsy be required then once the results are available, our practitioners will discuss the findings with you and develop a personalised treatment plan, if necessary. If the results indicate the presence of skin cancer, we will guide you through the available treatment options, which may include surgery, radiation therapy, or topical treatments. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive care and ongoing support to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Your skin health is our priority, and we are here to support you every step of the way.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Skin Cancer Checks
Regular skin cancer checks are crucial for early detection and treatment of skin cancer. They help identify any suspicious moles, growths, or lesions that may require further examination or biopsy. Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment and reduces the risk of complications.
The frequency of skin cancer checks depends on various factors, such as your personal and family history of skin cancer, skin type, and exposure to the sun. As a general guideline, it is recommended to have a full-body skin examination. Afterward, they can advise you on the appropriate follow-up schedule, which is usually every 12 months.
During a skin cancer check, a healthcare professional will carefully examine your skin, looking for any abnormalities, such as unusual moles, changes in existing moles, or suspicious lesions. They may use a dermatoscope, a specialized handheld device that magnifies the skin’s surface, to examine the skin more closely. If they identify any concerning areas, they may recommend further tests or a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous.
No, a skin cancer check is usually not painful. The healthcare professional will visually examine your skin and may use a dermatoscope, which doesn’t cause any discomfort. If a biopsy is required, a small sample of the suspicious area will be taken using local anesthesia, so you won’t feel pain during the procedure.
To prepare for a skin cancer check, it is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the areas being examined. It is advisable to remove any makeup, nail polish, or other cosmetic products from the skin before the appointment. If you have any specific concerns or areas of your skin that you want the healthcare professional to examine, make sure to mention them during the check-up.
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