Two out of three
Australians will develop some form of skin cancer during their
We recommend that most adults have a comprehensive skin check
at regular intervals.
Dermatoscope A type of hand-held microscope used to examine skin lesions. Skin Cancer doctors use the patterns shown on dermoscopy to diagnose skin lesions and skin cancers.
We also use high resolution digital dermoscopy to view, analyse
and store images of skin lesions when appropriate.
checks are conducted by the doctor in a warm,
private room. Usually patients undress but leave
their underwear on, if you wish skin normally covered by underwear can
be checked. Checks of a limited area or a single spot can be done if
required, but complete checks are recommended.
It is very common
for adults to have skin cancers that they are not aware of, sometimes because the lesion is in an awkard location, or
they have lesions that
they have mistakenly thought were trivial or harmless.
Changed or New Lesions
Please advise the doctor of any particular lesions
you are concerned about or lesions that have changed. Some skin
cancers are found only by a history of change.
Before your skin check...
Please bring a list of your medication if you
If possible please remove nail varnish from fingers and
Do not wear any make up or foundation, moisturiser or
sunscreen is fine. Ideally please wear loose fitting clothes that
are easy to remove.
Melanoma under nails
melanoma can occur under finger and toe nails, we encourage patients
to attend with their nails uncovered if possible. Melanoma under a
nail may present as a continious line of pigment extending from the
nail fold all the way out to the end of the nail.
Melanoma in the Eye
can occur on any skin, including that of the eye. Regular eye checks
with an optometrist are recommended for all Australians. If you find
you have a new or changing eye lesion please advise Dr Phare.
can occur on the thick skin of the hands and feet, the 'acral skin'.
In these areas in can have an atypical appearance. Skin Cancer
doctors and dermatologists are trained to identify these lesions.