Skin Cancer Checks

examining skin of patient with dermatoscope for any abnormal changes

Why Is It Important To Have Your Skin Checked?

  • Queensland has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
  • Melanoma, which is the most aggressive and potentially deadly form of skin cancer.
  • Early detection significantly increases the chances of successful treatment and improves outcomes.

How often should I have a skin check?

General guidelines suggest that adults in Queensland should have a full skin check at least once a year. More often if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, a high number of moles, a history of significant sun exposure, or those with fair skin may require more frequent monitoring.

Identifying skin cancer at an initial stage significantly improves the effectiveness of treatments.

Why going to a skin cancer clinic to have my skin check?

All medical professionals with adequate training can perform a skin check.

The medical professionals are adept at identifying early warning signs that could easily be overlooked in a self-check. They utilise specialised equipment to thoroughly assess hard-to-see areas such as the scalp and back.

Becoming familiar with your skin

Conducting consistent skin checks allows you to intimately understand the patterns and characteristics of your skin. Recognising what is normal for you makes it significantly easier to spot any unfamiliar or worrisome changes. Be watchful for any fresh moles or growths, and monitor existing ones for any notable alterations in size or appearance.

What happens during a skin cancer check?

The process of a skin cancer check is straightforward and non-invasive. It involves conducting a comprehensive examination of your skin for any irregular growths, moles, or changes in coloration. The doctor may employ a device called a dermoscope, which enhances and enlarges the skin surface, allowing unseen structures to be scrutinised more effectively.

The entire process is typically quick and painless, making it an easy but crucial part of your skin health regimen.

*’Nadine’s Skin Cancer Story| Protect Your Skin.’ Youtube by cancerNSW.

*’Corey’s Skin Cancer Story|Protect Your Skin.’ Youtube by cancerNSW.

What Is Physical Sunscreen/ Zinc Based Sunscreen?

Zinc oxide is a mineral compound that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

Zinc-based sunscreens work by forming a physical barrier on the skin that reflects and scatters the UV rays away, thus preventing them from penetrating the skin. 

There are several advantages to using zinc-based sunscreens.

  • Immediate protection upon application, as they do not need to be absorbed by the skin to start working.
  • Non- irritating and anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for extremely sensitive skin or following clinical treatments.
  • It is non-comedogenic and will not clog pores. Suitable for congested and acne-prone skin.
  • Zinc-based sunscreens are generally more photostable, meaning they maintain their effectiveness for longer periods of time in the sun compared to some chemical sunscreens that may degrade over time.


Book in for a skin consultation with Dr Tina for an individualised treatment plan.  Your best treatment will often depend on your age, gender, triggers and causes of your condition.


Some medical research suggests that avoiding extremely high intakes of dairy and sugary products with a high glycaemic index (GI) may be beneficial for those with acne.


Foods that are considered low GI include vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, fish, and whole grain breads and cereals. 


While dietary changes may not be a standalone solution for acne, they can certainly help accelerate the progress of acne treatment and improve overall skin health. Combining a healthy diet with medical treatments can provide the best results in managing acne and preventing further scarring.


  • Cleanser (non-soap)- Gentle, pH balanced cleansing gel
  • Toner- Balances and restores skin microbiome.
  • Lactic acid, salicylic acid - To resurface, hydrate, calm and balance oil flow.
  • 21% zinc oxide moisturiser with SPF 15 PA+++ - Calms skin redness and promotes healing and minimises excess oil flow and breakouts.


  • Cleanser (non-soap)- Gentle, pH balanced cleansing gel
  • Toner- Balances and restores skin microbiome.
  • Niacinamide (B3)- Reduces breakouts and congestion by regulating oil flow.
  • Retinol- Regulates epidermal turnover, oil production and reduces inflammation.
  • Water-based moisturiser- Lightweight, non-comedogenic, oil-free formula.

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