Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world, with two in three Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. Regular and proactive skin checks are vital for early identification and management of potential issues. When identified, hazardous moles and spots may be removed to significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
Skin checks by your Cassia Medical GP includes medical history, including previous sun UV exposure, as well as undertaking a detailed examination of your skin. If there are changes in moles or lesions such as size or nature recently, our doctors will assess and recommend the necessary treatment.
We recommend you see your GP for a skin cancer check at least annually. As well as scheduling your annual assessment, you should see your GP should you notice any of the following signs:
- Changes in a mole size, shape or colour
- The edges of a mole have begun to change
- The mole starts and continues to grow
- The mole is not a solid brown colour, but multicoloured instead
If you notice any of the above, it is advised to book an appointment immediately with your GP for an examination. Your doctor will provide you with a thorough skin check, and scan for symptoms of larger issues.