Skin Check

Are you due for a skin check? Have you ever had a skin check?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia. About two in three Australians will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before the age of 70.

The good news is that most dangerous moles and spots can be treated before they develop into skin cancer if detected early.

All independent GPs who work from our rooms here at Sinnamon Park Medical Centre can check your skin. However, some have special interest and qualifications in this area. That’s why we have a dedicated skin cancer clinic.

Visit our Skin Cancer Clinic for more information.

Top Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer
  • Examine your skin regularly
  • Be aware of the signs of skin cancer and melanoma
  • See your GP or dermatologist for a regular skin check
  • Avoid the sun between 10am and 4 pm
  • Never use tanning beds
  • Protect your skin:
    • Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
    • Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30 (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
    • Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
    • Seek shade.
    • Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.

Am I at Risk?

Unfortunately, everyone is at risk of skin cancer. However, your risk increases as you get older and if you have:

  • fair or freckled skin, especially if it burns easily and doesn’t tan
  • red or fair hair and light-coloured eyes (blue or green)
  • had short, intense periods of exposure to UV radiation, e.g. on weekends or holidays or when playing sport, especially if it caused sunburn
  • actively tanned or used solariums
  • worked outdoors
  • a weakened immune system, which could be caused by taking certain medicines after an organ transplant (immunosuppressants) or by ongoing blood conditions such as chronic leukaemia
  • lots of moles on your body or moles with an irregular shape and uneven colour
  • a previous skin cancer or a family history of skin cancer
  • certain skin conditions such as sunspots

Note: If you have olive or very dark skin you have more protection against UV radiation because your skin produces more melanin than fair skin does; however, you can still develop skin cancer.

Check Your Own Skin

It is important to routinely check your own skin in between skin checks performed by your GP.

If you identify any changes to your skin (in particular any moles, freckles or unusual skin spots that are new, changed appearance or are of concern to you) you should make an appointment for a skin check as soon as possible.

Cancer Council Queensland has a useful guide on what to look for when checking your own skin:

Did you know that some of our trusted consultant GPs have a special interest in Skin Cancer Medicine?



When was your last skin check?

With modern, busy lifestyles, it’s easy to neglect your health as you try to put everyone else’s needs first. Our skilled, independent GPs are here to care for you and your entire family. Regular skin checks will depend on your age and general health, but they are important to make sure skin cancers don’t go undiscovered.

Dr John Cadden