Busby skin cancer checks

In addition to self- checking you should have a professional skin checks at regular intervals.
Anything suspicious should be promptly checked by a doctor.

Our GPs are experienced in the management of skin conditions and use of dermoscopic equipment.

A skin check includes the doctor:

  • asking questions about you and your family’s skin cancer history
  • doing a comprehensive full-body skin assessment
  • scanning suspicious spots with dermoscopic equipment
  • educating you on what to check and how to prevent skin cancer
  • If required, treat minor suspicious lesions and provide specialist referral for more complex lesions.
Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15–39 year olds)
— Melanoma Institute Australia

A deadly cancer in young Australians

  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15–39 year olds) making up 20% of all their cancer cases.
  • It is estimated that 2,500 Australians aged 25–49 years will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2017.
  • Melanoma kills more young Australians (20-39 year olds) than any other single cancer.
  • Incidence people over 60 is also very high and increasing.
melanomas that are detected and treated early are cured in 90% of cases
— Melanoma Institute Australia

Checking yourself for melanoma's

Self Checking Melanoma's

One-half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.

B is for BORDER irregularity:
The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.

C is for COLOUR variation:
The colour is not the same all over, but may have differing shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of red, white, or blue.

D is for DIAMETER:
The area is larger than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser) or is growing larger.

E is for EVOLVING:
Changes in size, shape, colour, elevation, or another trait (such as itching, bleeding or crusting).(This last point is likely the strongest of all of the warning signs)