Skin Clinic

Regular skin cancer checks are an important part of maintaining your overall health, especially if you have risk factors such as fair skin, a history of sunburns, family history of skin cancer, or excessive sun exposure.

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and early detection can significantly improve the chances of successful treatment.

Singleton Medical Centre and Skin Clinic has a special interest in skin cancer and skin checks. With many years of experience, we offer comprehensive medical and cosmetic services.  Accurate dermatoscopic diagnosis and office-based treatments and surgeries.

Not all skin cancers require surgery.  Speak to our doctor about photodynamic therapy, laser, liquid nitrogen and chemical ablation, all available at our clinic.

Larger or more uncomfortable surgeries are performed by Dr Mark Chernoff in hospital with an Anaesthetist providing general anaesthetic or sedation.

Skin cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the skin. It is the most common type of cancer and usually develops in the top layer of skin (the epidermis). The primary cause of skin cancer is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, but it can also be related to exposure to artificial UV sources like tanning beds. There are several different types of skin cancer, with the three most common being basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Further information;

Types of Skin cancer

  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer.
  • It usually appears as a small, shiny bump or a pink growth on the skin.
  • BCC tends to grow slowly and is less likely to spread to other parts of the body.
  • It is rarely life-threatening but can cause disfigurement if left untreated.

  • Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer.
  • It often appears as a firm, red nodule or a scaly sore that doesn’t heal.
  • SCC can grow more quickly than BCC and has a higher risk of spreading to other parts of the body.
  • When detected early, SCC is highly curable

  • Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
  • It can develop from existing moles or appear as a new, abnormal mole or pigmented spot on the skin.
  • Melanoma has a higher chance of metastasizing (spreading to other parts of the body) if not caught early.
  • Early detection is crucial for effective treatment.

Skin Cancer Checks

Here’s what you should know about skin cancer checks:

You can perform regular self-examinations of your skin to check for any changes, new moles, or irregularities. Use a full-length mirror and a hand mirror to thoroughly examine your entire body, including the scalp, between your toes, the soles of your feet, and the genital area. Look for any new or changing moles, irregular borders, uneven colour, or any other unusual features.

ABCDEs of Skin Cancer

ABCDE Rule: To identify potential warning signs, you can use the ABCDE rule:


one half of a mole does not match the other half

Border irregularity

edges are not smooth but rather ragged or notched

Colour variation

multiple colours or shades within the same mole


greater than 6 millimetres, which is about the size of a pencil eraser


changes in size, shape, colour, or symptoms over time

  • Professional Examination: It’s a good idea to have a healthcare provider conduct a full-body skin examination annually or as recommended based on your risk factors. They have the expertise to identify potential skin cancer and perform a more thorough examination.
  • Routine Skin Checks: If you have a history of skin cancer, it’s important to follow a more frequent schedule for skin checks. Your health care professional will advise you on the appropriate frequency.
  • Sun Protection: Preventing skin cancer is just as important as early detection. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and avoid excessive sun exposure, especially during peak UV hours.
  • Know Your Risk: Understanding your personal risk factors for skin cancer can help you take appropriate precautions and schedule regular checks. Family history, sun exposure history, and your skin type all play a role in your risk.

Remember that skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, so don’t delay seeking medical attention if you notice any concerning changes in your skin.

If you have any doubts or concerns about a mole or other skin abnormality, it’s best to consult a healthcare professional at Singleton Medical Centre and Skin Clinic for a thorough evaluation.

Contact us to meet all your skin care needs.

Skin Clinic Frequently Asked Questions

A skin check, also known as a skin examination or dermatological examination, is a medical evaluation of your skin to detect any abnormalities, such as moles, lesions, or other skin conditions, that might be a sign of skin cancer or other skin diseases.

Skin checks are essential for early detection of skin cancer and other skin conditions. Detecting skin cancer at an early stage significantly increases the chances of successful treatment. Regular skin checks can help identify potential issues before they become more serious.

Anyone can benefit from a skin check, but individuals with a history of skin cancer, a family history of skin cancer, or a significant amount of moles and sun exposure are at higher risk and should consider regular skin examinations. As we age our risk increases, if you are over 50 it’s time to take action.

The frequency of skin checks depends on your individual risk factors. However, it is generally recommended to have a skin check at least once a year, and more frequently if you have higher risk factors.

During a skin check, a healthcare provider will visually examine your skin from head to toe, including areas not typically exposed to the sun. They may use a dermatoscope, a special magnifying tool, to examine moles and skin lesions in more detail.

No, a skin check is typically not painful. It involves a visual examination of your skin and does not require any invasive procedures. The healthcare provider may use a dermatoscope, but this tool does not cause pain.

To prepare for a skin check, make sure to remove any makeup, nail polish, or clothing that covers the areas of your skin to be examined. It’s also helpful to make a list of any specific areas of concern or changes you’ve noticed on your skin.

Signs of skin cancer may include changes in the size, shape, colour, or texture of moles or lesions, new moles or growths, and sores that do not heal. If you notice any of these changes, you should schedule a skin check.

If a healthcare provider identifies a suspicious mole or lesion during a skin check, they may recommend a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous. The type of biopsy and further treatment will depend on the diagnosis.

Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen, protective clothing, and avoiding excessive sun exposure. Regularly examine your skin for changes and practice early detection through self-examination and professional skin checks.

Remember that it’s essential to consult with our healthcare professional for specific advice on your skin health and any concerns you may have about skin conditions or skin cancer.

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