Australia has a very high rate of skin cancer, and that’s why so many doctors provide skin care checks for patients. Although self-checks are valuable, a visit to a skin care specialist is vital. Skin care specialists will look for signs of cancer in less common areas such as in the ears or in the scalp. If you’ve ever asked – how often should I have my skin checked for cancer, this article answers that question for you.
Why regular skin checks are important?
Skin cancer can be successfully treated when found early, so regular checks are important. Doctors recommend consistent self-examination of the skin to identify changes in moles, freckles, and birthmarks. Any abnormalities should be checked by your doctor. Your doctor can then do a comprehensive skin analysis using computer image analysis. These advanced techniques are able to accurately distinguish melanoma (skin cancer), from benign pigmented lesions.
How often should you have your skin checked?
An annual visit to a cancer specialist is generally recommended, as part of an optimal skin care program. The doctor will do a comprehensive assessment to determine if there is any evidence of skin cancer.
Annual checks are particularly important for people considered high risk for the disease, such as individuals with a family history of skin cancer. People with medium to low risk can have less frequent checks. You doctor can help to assess your individual risk, and ensure that you have an effective prevention plan in place.
At Wellcare Medical Centre, Kingston, Aus., we use the innovative Foto Finder Bodystudio for skin care analysis. FotoFinder is a complete imaging solution that analyses the entire surface of the skin. Call 07 3133 4483 today to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.