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Are mole checks important?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

Spotting any changes in your moles and noticing the appearance of new moles as soon as possible can assist in the early detection of skin cancer. The earlier skin cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat and cure. If left undetected, skin cancer can metastasise becoming harder to treat and becoming, at times, incurable.

Over 2000 Australians die from skin cancer each year

With too many Australians dying from skin cancer, mole checks are more important than ever. According to the Cancer Council, by the time Australians reach the age of 70, two-thirds will have had some form of skin cancer. With odds like that, mole checks should be a somewhat regular part of our health routines.

Becoming familiar with your skin is essential for you to notice any early changes in your moles.

Get to know your skin through regular mole checks

By doing regular mole checks, you will become very familiar with your skin; therefore you are more likely to notice changes that may indicate the early stages of skin cancer.

When doing a mole check, look out for changes to the mole's colour, shape, size and thickness.

When to come and see us at our Skin Cancer Clinic

If you notice or suspect any changes, it is best to get your moles checked by a professional. We use the Foto Finder ATBM for total body mapping which scans both individual moles and the skins entire surface area.

If you haven't been doing mole checks, you can still book an appointment. Call us on 03 9741 1200 or book online to arrange an appointment for our Skin Cancer Clinic.


Important takeaways:

  • Skin cancer is usually easily treated and curable if found in its early stages

  • Many Australians will have some form of skin cancer in their lives, therefore making mole checks imperative

  • Look out for changes to moles and the appearance of new ones

  • Book an appointment if you are unsure or would like professional help/advice.

  • Learn about skin cancer risk factors.

Are mole checks important? | The Clinic
Remember to stay safe when out in the sun. UV exposure contributes to the development of most cases of skin cancer.


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