Australia receives some of the highest UV levels in the world with Perth experiencing a radiation intensity of between 3-12 all year round. Keeping in mind that sun protection is required when the index is at 3 or above, it is safe to say that every single person in Australia should have their skin professionally assessed at some point.
The Cancer Council Australia recommends skin examinations conducted by a doctor, using dermoscopy for the early detection of skin cancer2
Individuals at high risk of developing skin cancer are recommended to have Digital Dermoscopy every 6-12 months. This includes people with:
- fair skin, a tendency to burn rather than tan, freckles, light eye colour, light or red hair colour
- higher number of unusual moles
- weakened immune system
- a history of melanoma in the immediate family
- previous personal experience of skin cancer2
If you don’t have any of the high risk factors then an initial skin check is beneficial and an estimated return date will be suggested, usually between 1-5 years.