I was sitting with friends at the beach the other day when the topic of skin checks came up. There we were, five women in our twenties, and only one of us could say they'd had a skin check. One in five, that's concerning when you consider the fact that Melanoma is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39-year-old Australians.
The beauty writer in me was curious so I began quizzing them all as to why none of them had had a skin check. The general consensus was that they simply didn't know how to go about it and were almost fearful of having it checked . . . We're at the tail-end of generations that spent a lot of time outdoors or by the ocean, and while we all do our best to apply sunscreen and wear a hat, we haven't been as skin cancer-savvy as we should have been, so the fear is very real.
I figured if this was how my friends were feeling, a lot of people probably feel the same way, too. So I went to one person I knew would be able to answer all my burning questions about getting a skin check, Lisa Patulny, journalist and founder of Call Time On Melanoma, a non-for-profit, social initiative that's fast become a go-to destination for young Australian who want to know facts about Melanoma. (If you don't already, CTOM is worth a follow!)
Below Lisa walks us through everything you need to know about getting your skin checked, from what happens at an appointment, right through to what happens if you need to get a mole removed.
Keep reading for everything you need to know. . .