Looking after your health can be stressful sometimes, but you can do one easy thing to stay on top of it: get annual skin checks. Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in Australia, with almost two thirds of Australians being diagnosed throughout their lifetime.
That is why spotting skin cancer early is so important. It is recommended that next to checking your skin every three months, you should also go to annual skin cancer checks done by professionals. They will be able to see even smaller changes and can spot suspicious moles much easier with their trained eyes.
The benefits of early detection and skin cancer checks
The two key components in Australia’s fight against skin cancer are prevention and early detection. Prevention is mainly concerned with protecting your skin from the sun. But, in an environment like Australia, where levels of UV radiation are at harmful levels regularly, there is no way to protect your skin 100%, which is why it’s essential to ensure you get your skin checked regularly for changes.
The earlier any changes are spotted, the easier, quicker and more effectively they can be treated. The best indicator of favourable outcomes with skin cancer is early detection, making regular skin checks vital.
What is the screening process like?
To get an appointment at one of our many SunDoctors clinics nationwide, look at our location map and see which is closest to you. To make booking the most accessible for you, we have an online booking tool, but you can always call us. The great thing about SunDoctors is that most of our doctors are GPs with special training in skin cancer detection, management and treatment, so you won’t need a referral but can still receive the best possible care.
Once you have your appointment, it is important that you make sure that you are not wearing spray tan, nail polish or make-up on the day so that your doctor has the clearest possible view of your skin. You will receive a full-body check from one of our highly trained, experienced and friendly doctors. This will take around 15 minutes and is a pain-free procedure. If you have any worries or want your doctor to focus on a specific spot or mole, you can always let them know.
How much does it cost?
Here at SunDoctors Skin Cancer Clinics, we are private billing practices. Please contact your preferred SunDoctors clinic to arrange an appointment and ask about the consultation, procedure, treatment fees, and available Medicare rebates.
Get an appointment at your closest SunDoctors clinic for a hassle-free, quick, professional skin check.