Don’t think because it scabby, has been there for a while and is not a mole, it won’t kill you.
642 People die yearly in Australia (2015 statistics) from skin cancer other than melanoma (many from SCC and BCC)
Don’t think clearance after a full skin check means that you won’t get skin cancer for the next year.
A level 3 Melanoma can develop over 6 weeks from nothing – not even a mole on the skin
Don’t think that a dermatoscope (instrument used to examine skin lesions) is 100% accurate
In the best of hands dermatoscopes are only 84% accurate in identifying melanomas. We all regularly miss melanomas
Don’t think that melanomas and other skin cancers appear on sun exposed skin only
Skin cancer can develop on any skin surface or any mucous membrane of the body
Full body skin checks usually exclude examination in private areas
Please report suspicious lesions in these areas
Skin cancer can develop under the nails. Examining the face through make-up is like looking through the window with the curtain drawn.
Please remove make-up and preferably nail polish before your yearly skin check
Yearly skin checks might be too far apart
If you have a high risk for melanoma or have scabby lesions and sun spots, more frequent visits might be needed