The Skin Cancer Doctor

  • Dr Richard Beatty is the author of
  • The doctor is highly trained in skin cancer medicine.
  • He refreshes and updates his skills on a regular basis.
  • He is passionate about diagnosing skin cancers at the earliest stage possible.

Around 60% of melanoma found at a skin check will be from a mole that the patient has not been concerned about.

You’re most skin-aware in the summer but the winter is great for topical treatment.

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The Mole Scanner

  • Top-end Visiomed D120 mole scanner.
  • Dedicated mole scan computer powered by Microderm.
  • Allows for side-by-side comparison.
  • Allows for accurate localisation of lesions.

Who should get an Interim Skin Check?

Use HAND to get a mole or spot checked out further by a skin cancer trained doctor. Any of these HAND features are a concern:

  • Doesn’t Heal within six weeks – Scaly, Sore, Itchy, Bleeding or Tender
  • Appearance: Change in Size, Shape or Colour
  • New: Most melanoma – and all other skin cancers – are new
  • Different look or feel, or stands out when compared to other lesions

Read more about Skin Cancer Self-Checks.

Who should get a Routine Skin Check?

Most skin cancers are picked up without the person being concerned about the lesion. The strongest risk factors are:

  • Blue Eyes or Red Hair, skin that easily burns, previous frequent sunburn
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • More than 100 moles
  • A previous skin cancer
  • Increasing Age

The full Skin Cancer risk factor checklist is considerably longer.


There are over 2000 deaths from skin cancer each year in Australia

Over 800,000

Skin Cancer diagnoses in Australia every year.


Estimated number of New Cases of Melanoma in 2016

Page Last Modified: 10/1/2018