With an emerging rate of skin cancer in the world, it is important to have regular skin checkups by a professional. But how often is often enough? And at what age should you start getting checked?
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among teenagers and young adults. Therefore, no matter what is your age, it’s important to regularly get your skin checked.
The Cancer Council recommends adults should check their own skin and moles every 3 months. If you’re concerned about your skin cancer risk or notice anything on your skin that’s transformed in size, shape or color, you need to see your General Practitioner straight away. Those at risk are highly recommended to have a trained doctor examine them at least once a year.
It is recommended to go to your General Practitioner for your skin check as they’ll be able to refer you to a skin specialist for further assessment if necessary. While not all dermatologists require a General Practitioner referral to be seen, many do and some surgical procedures can’t be done without a referral. Further, many dermatologists offer reduced fees and/or earlier appointments to those with a General Practitioner referral.
When choosing whether to visit your General Practitioner or a skin cancer clinic to have your skin checked, be sure to assess the qualifications and experience of the staff as well as the cost and suitability for your needs.