A skin check requires the use of a specialised instrument called a Dermatoscope (mole scanner). This instrument allows the doctor to detect skin cancers that are invisible to the naked eye.
60% of skin cancers diagnosed after a routine skin check at our clinic were not flagged as a concern by the patient. This really highlights that regular skin examinations save lives! Catching a skin cancer early means that the treatment that is generally quick, inexpensive, and cosmetically less invasive.
A routine skin check should be as routine as a visit to the dentist especially in South East Queensland!
A skin screening program done in Germany called the SCREEN project saw over 360,000 citizens, over a one year period, participate in a skin check. Following this program, death from skin cancer fell by half over a five year period.
Children do not routinely require a skin check.