Can you detect the subtle changes to your skin that might be an early warning sign of melanoma?
While melanomas tend to change noticeably in size, shape or colour; it can be difficult to monitor our own skin for these changes because sun spots can appear in places that are tricky to see and because our memory of what they looked like before isn’t always reliable.
For people at high risk of developing melanoma, it is even more important to be vigilant about monitoring changes to your skin, so that we may detect and remove melanoma before it becomes troublesome.
You may be considered at high risk of developing melanoma if you meet any of the following:
- You have already had melanoma
- You have an especially strong family history of melanoma
- You have dysplastic naevus syndrome
This is where Full Body Photography comes in handy.
What is Full Body Photography?:
Full Body Photography is a reliable way to assess whether a change has occurred to your moles or sun spots. Typically, we will take photos of 17 different views of your skin, to ensure we are recording your entire body for future monitoring.
What are Full Body Photos used for?
You can use your Full Body Photos as a reference point when conducting your own self-skin checks, and you should also take them to each skin check-up you have with your doctor so they may use them as an assessment tool.
What should you expect from a Full Body Photography session?
Full Body Photography sessions take 30 to 45 minutes and are conducted in a controlled studio environment. Your privacy will be respected at all times and you will not be required to remove your underwear for the photos. We don’t generally require close-up or dermoscopic photos of each mole or sun spot, however they can be requested by you or your doctor.
With more than 1,500 Australians killed by melanoma each year, Full Body Photography is an excellent tool for early detection and removal. If you would like to book yourself in for a set of Full Body Photos, we welcome your appointment.