It can be a bit scary when you notice something different with your body. I guess the good side is that at least you are looking and have noticed a change, which is the first step to maintaining good health.  The next step, of course, is taking action.

To start, just because you have found something new or different on your skin, it doesn’t automatically mean you have cancer, so you don’t need to start freaking out. But at the same time, you also can’t afford to be complacent, because the statistics do show a high rate of skin cancer in Australia.  This is why the best thing to do is make an appointment as soon as you can with your doctor and get them to check it out.

And the research says, which is actually pretty logical, that the sooner you get onto anything suspicious going on with your body, the best the outcome is likely to be.

So what to expect from your doctor? Firstly they should check out the spot, and if they do think it is something that needs further investigation, they might remove it from your skin.  It doesn’t have to be a big deal, and not even that painful, so there is no reason to fear this.  However, if you leave it and allow it to grow, when the time comes to remove it, you might find it is a much bigger exercise, which is why it is always better to get onto it early.

But they also might not remove it, and instead just look at it using a magnification tool where they can determine it is not something to be concerned about at this stage. Sometimes our skin develops new spots and they are not cancerous, and your doctor might just monitor them to see if they evolve further or continue to remain innocent.

The point is, only a medical professional can determine if it is something cancerous or not, so getting to the doctor is the most important step. From there your doctor can guide you whether treatment is required or not.  Much better to know than to worry about it, potentially letting it become something dangerous to your health.