Skin Cancer Diagnosis

The Team

The team at the Strathpine Super Skin Clinic are highly trained skin cancer experts, with the skills and confidence to diagnose and treat your needs. Our doctors are supported by specialist nurses who assist in all areas of our service.
We look forward to welcoming you to our state-of-the-art centre.

Photos with links to Dr Willie Durr and Dr Stuart McAuley.

Dr Willie Durr

Dr Willie Durr


Dr Stuart McAuley

Self Assessment

It is important for the average adult to regularly check their skin for new moles or any changes to existing moles.

Although it is rare for moles to become cancerous, the earlier that cancerous moles are spotted and treated, the better the chances that treatment will be successful.

That said if you have any concerns or doubts as to the condition of a mole or group of moles, or if you have many moles (more than other people you know) then it is essential that you seek professional advice as soon as possible.

Self assessment of moles

You can check your own skin for moles, using a mirror to check those hard to reach places that you cannot see directly. Alternatively, you can get your partner or a parent to check your back and neck for you.

You can get moles anywhere on your body, but you will soon learn where your moles are, and so checking them becomes a quick and easy process.

A note of caution though. The fact that early treatment for malignant melanoma is so important can lead to people becoming over anxious about their moles. However, moles generally change quite slowly, with differences taking several weeks or even months to appear, so you should not get obsessive about checking your skin.

If you do not have any particular risk factors, checking your moles should take 15 minutes every one to three months.

Checking existing moles and spotting new moles

You should look out for the common warning signs that might indicate pre-cancerous or cancerous changes to your moles. To make it easier to assess your own moles, you can use the ABCDE method as a checklist:

A – asymmetry – most moles are round or oval in shape so look out for odd shapes.
B – border irregularity – most moles have a smooth edge to them so look out for ragged edges.
C – colour change – most moles are brown and only one or two colours so look out for colour changes or new shades appearing.
D – diameter – most moles will remain the same size, usually less than 5mm so look out for increases in size, especially beyond 5mm.
E – elevated – most moles are flat or slightly raised so look out for moles that become raised.

HOW to do it

1 Examine your face, especially the nose, lips, mouth, and ears – front and back. Use one or both mirrors to get a clear view.

1 Examine your face, especially the nose, lips, mouth, and ears – front and back. Use one or both mirrors to get a clear view. skin-check-1
2 Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section to view. Get a friend or family member to help, if you can. skin-check-2
3 Check your hands carefully: palms and backs, between the fingers and under the fingernails. Continue up the wrists to examine both front and back of your forearms. skin-check-3
4 Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms. Don’t forget the underarms. skin-check-4
5 Next focus on the neck, chest, and torso. Women should lift breasts to view the underside. skin-check-5
6 With your back to the full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back, and any part of the back of your upper arms you could not view in step 4. skin-check-6
7 Still using both mirrors, scan your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs. skin-check-7
8 Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other stool or chair. Use the hand mirror to examine the genitals. Check front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes and under toenails. Examine soles of feet and heels. skin-check-8