Early detection of skin cancer is clearly ‘a good thing’ because treatment of small or superficial skin cancer is generally quick, cheap, resulting in optimal cosmetic outcome.
Furthermore, regular skin examinations save lives. The SCREEN project in Germany involved just over 320,000 skin checks over a one year period. Death from skin cancer fell by half over a five year period. Skin cancer is far more common in South East Queensland where a routine skin check should be as routine as a visit to the dentist.
A skin cancer check requires the use of a specialised instrument called a Dermatoscope that allows the doctor to detect skin cancers that may be invisible to the naked eye. The most compelling reason to get a routine skin check is that 60% of skin cancers diagnosed at a routine skin check go unnoticed by the patient.