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Detection & Diagnosis
When it comes to skin cancer management, early detection is key. That is why at The Skin Cancer Centre, we encourage regular self-examinations using a practical guide from SunSmart Victoria that emphasizes:
One of the things you’ll need to look at during self-examinations is moles. To find out if a mole is abnormal, look for 5 important signs using the acronym ABCDE:
Unsure if your mole is abnormal? Come visit our centre and we’ll perform skin checks for early detection and treatment of possible skin cancers like Melanoma.
When performing skin checks, we take into consideration your skin type, which can fall under the following:
With skin type 1 or 2, you need to vigorously protect your skin from the sun. We also recommend getting regular skin checks to identify treat early significant skin issues.
If you have type 3, 4, or 5 skin, your skin is less susceptible to skin cancer. However, do not take this for granted. We recommend regular use of sun-protection products, especially when the UV Index is 3 or higher.
While having type 6 skin gives you the most natural UV protection, we still encourage regular skin protection against excessive sunlight.
Skin Cancer Risk Assessment
How often should you perform self-examinations and go for skin checks with our doctors? The following are guidelines that can help you assess your own risk and act accordingly.
You’re at high risk for skin cancer if you have or had:
As a high-risk person, we recommend performing 3 monthly self-examinations and 12 monthly checks at our centre.
Having the following puts you at medium risk for cancerous skin conditions:
To manage your skin cancer risks accordingly, perform 3 to 6 monthly self-checks and have 2 to 5 annual skin checks at our centre.
Your risks for skin cancer may be considered low if the following characteristics apply to you:
Because of minimal risk for skin cancer, you only need to have one skin examination with any of our doctors and perform a self-examination annually.