Melanomas can look like normal moles

Close-up dermoscopic view revealing melanoma

Melanoma can sometimes look just like a freckle

This could be mistaken for a keratosis...

...but close-up dermoscopy reveals melanoma

A subtle melanoma

Mole Checks

At Skinsite all mole checks are performed by skin cancer specialists and involve the use of a handheld polarised dermoscope. A complete head to toe inspection, or full body mole check, can be completed in 30 minutes.

Dermoscopy is a highly specialised field and Skinsite’s patients will benefit from our internationally recognised skills. The advantage of using the advanced diagnostic technique of dermoscopy is it gives earlier and more accurate detection of melanoma by magnifying structures beneath the surface of the skin that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

At Skinsite, because a doctor will be seeing you, an opinion on the likelihood of melanoma can be given immediately, so that you do not have to wait for a report. You will also have a comprehensive skin cancer check so that basal cell cancers and squamous cell cancers, which don’t show up well on photography, are not missed.

Mole Check Video
Watch what happens when a melanoma check-up ends with the C-word, with Melanoma Foundation's clinical advisor - Dr Anthony Tam from Skinsite. In a similar piece no longer available to watch, Seven Sharp presenter and outdoors lover Sam also had her first mole check in five years with Dr Tam.

In high risk patients, total body photography is performed. This helps to serve as a baseline, enabling easier detection of new moles. If necessary, sequential digital dermoscopic imaging is undertaken, whereby moles are digitally captured using polarised dermoscopy, stored, and compared at a later date to detect the subtle changes of melanoma. All these measures have been recommended in the latest Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Melanoma in Australia and New Zealand and it is recommended that clinicians routinely examining moles follow these.

All patients are given surveillance recommendations and individual recall programmes are placed, depending on level of risk. In between clinical checks, it is recommended that patients regularly self examine with the aid of a mirror or a partner.