A thorough assessment of your skin involves a detailed history about your previous skin problems and risk factors for skin cancer as well as a careful examination under good lighting and with the aid of a dermatoscope.
A dermatoscope is a type of hand held skin microscope which increases the detection of early skin cancers by about 30%. A skin check can be performed for anyone who is concerned about their skin. Based on this assessment your doctor can advise you on your relative level of risk for developing skin cancers and make recommendation about how often you should have your skin checked. People with risk factors for skin cancer (age 40 yrs, a family history or personal history of skin cancers, a history of significant sun exposure, fair skin that burns easily, multiple moles, previous radiotherapy or organ transplant) are recommended to have a full skin check.