A skin check requires the use of a specialised instrument called a Dermatoscope (mole scanner) that allows the doctor to detect skin cancers that are invisible to the naked eye. The most compelling reason to get a routine skin check is that 60% of skin cancers diagnosed after a routine skin check at our clinic were not flagged as a concern by the patient.
A small skin cancer is a good one. Catching skin cancer early leads to treatment that is generally quick, cheap, and cosmetically very acceptable.
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.