COVID-19 UPDATE

Western Skin Institute remains open. 

If you have a fever, cough or feel unwell, please call to cancel your appointment and refer to the Australian Government Department of Health Website:  https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#symptoms-and-when-to-get-tested

If you do attend, rest assure we adhere to the social distancing rules. We kindly ask that all patients attend their appointment on their own unless accompanying a minor or dependent. 

Waiting room chairs are reduced to very limited numbers to respect the space needed between each individual. 

These measures are designed to protect you and keep you safe.

    Check Your Own Skin

    It’s vital that you check your own skin to assist with early detection instead of relying solely on your own annual skin check.

    What to look for:

    • Any crusty sores that won’t heal
    • Small red, pale or pearly lumps
    • Any new spots, freckles or moles that change in colour, size, shape or thickness over a period of weeks to months
    • Particularly look for any spots that are dark brown to black, red or blue-black in colour

    How often to look

    You should check your own skin regularly – every three months to follow the best caution. You should also have your skin checked annually, either with your GP or at one of our skin cancer clinics, or as advised by your Doctor.

    How to look

    It’s easy to perform the check yourself or with a close family member, partner or friend. You should check your face, neck and ears, scalp, front and back of torso, buttocks, arms, legs, hands, palms, feet, soles, and between fingers and toes, and finger and toe nails. It may help to use a hand-held mirror to help you look in the areas, such as your back and scalp, which you often cannot see.

    Who is at risk?

    You have a greater risk of developing skin cancer if you have:

    • spent your childhood in Australia
    • a large number of moles
    • ever suffered from sunburn
    • fair skin that burns easily and does not tan
    • blue or green eyes
    • fair or red hair
    • been diagnosed with a melanoma in the past
    • a family history of melanoma
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