Skin Cancer Detection
The Skin Check Process
Most patients will have a full check, which is where the skin is examined with underwear being left on. Privacy is respected with examinations conducted with the patient in their underwear. However, a more limited examination may be performed if a patient so desires e.g. upper half only, exposed areas only, or even just a single spot.
Skin in the breast, genital, and buttock areas is not routinely examined, however skin cancers can occur in these regions and any suspicious lesions should be examined by the doctor. To facilitate a thorough examination, it is preferred that make up (especially foundation) and nail polish is not worn to the consultation.
What to Expect During the Procedure
During the procedure, the skin is examined with a magnifying lamp first, and then dermoscopy is performed using a hand held dermatoscope, as well as a computerised dermatoscope, if needed. Any spots of interest are recorded and analysed or excised if need be.
Treatment will usually be carried out at the time of consultation e.g. biopsy, or perhaps cryotherapy for sunspots. Surgical excisions, however, will usually be scheduled for a separate appointment. Total body photography may be recommended if you are an appropriate high-risk patient, and this is arranged at a separate appointment.
For more information regarding the skin cancer detection process, get in touch by calling 13 7546