Demystifying Workplace Skin Cancer Checks: Your Top FAQs Answered!
Amidst the strategic meetings and daily operations, workplace wellbeing is commonly at the forefront of mind for both employees and HR. But while employees will be focused on their own health and HR on office wellbeing, it can be confusing to find the right balance between understanding and communicating the value of health in the workplace.
Take skin cancer checks. Both employees and HR often have many questions left unanswered by providers. To help them (and you) feel equipped to organise a workplace skin cancer check, but also attend one for yourself, we’ve answered your top FAQs below..
1. What Is a Skin Cancer Check?
A skin check is a thorough examination of your skin by a trained and qualified dermoscopist to detect any signs of skin cancer or other skin abnormalities. It involves a visual inspection and the use of a dermatoscope to closely examine any moles, spots, or lesions on your skin.
2. What Happens During a Skin Cancer Check?
During a skin check, the dermoscopist will examine your skin for any unusual or suspicious lesions with a dermatoscope, a tool allowing them to see deeper into the skin’s layers. The process is non-invasive and painless. If they identify any concerning areas, they might recommend further examination by a doctor.
3. What Should I Wear to a Skin Cancer Check?
You can wear your normal clothing to a skin cancer check appointment. The dermoscopist will provide gowns for you to change into during the examination. The gowns allow them to have a clear view of your skin and ensure a comprehensive assessment.
4. My Workplace is Offering Skin Cancer Checks, What Should I Do to Prepare?
To prepare for your workplace skin check, make sure you book your appointment early. Add it to your calendar to avoid forgetting, and aim to arrive 1-2 minutes early for your appointment. This ensures a smooth and efficient process.
5. Is a Skin Cancer Check Necessary if I’m Not Often Outdoors?
Yes, it’s still necessary. While sun exposure is a risk factor for skin cancer, it’s not the only one. Skin cancer can develop due to various factors, including genetic predisposition and overall sun exposure throughout your life. Remember, skin is an interconnected organ, and any area can be affected, regardless of sun exposure.
6. How Often Should I Get a Workplace Skin Check?
If your workplace provides skin checks, it’s generally recommended to have them annually. Regular checks help ensure early detection and timely intervention if any issues arise.
7. Is Skin Cancer the Only Thing a Dermoscopist is Looking For?
The primary goal of a skin check is to detect skin cancer early. However, a dermoscopist is trained to identify and assess all types of skin lesions, including benign ones. So, while the focus is on skin cancer, they can address your concerns about other skin issues as well.
8. What if a Dermoscopist Finds Something During the Check?
If the dermoscopist identifies something that raises concern during the check, they will discuss their findings with you. They might recommend that you follow up with your doctor for further evaluation or testing. Early detection and prompt action are crucial for the best outcomes.
9. I Have Dark Skin, Do I Still Need a Skin Cancer Check?
Yes, absolutely. While fair-skinned individuals are more prone to certain types of skin cancer, melanoma can occur in people of all skin tones. In fact, skin cancer might be more challenging to detect in individuals with darker skin, making regular skin checks crucial for everyone.
10. Can I Have a Skin Cancer Check While Pregnant?
Skin cancer checks are generally safe during pregnancy, but it’s always a good idea to inform the dermoscopist about your pregnancy.
11. What if I Have a Lot of Moles?
If you have a lot of moles, our team is efficient and will do their best to examine as many as possible within the allocated time. Feel free to prepare a list of moles or spots you’re concerned about if you have too many to cover in one session.
12. Can I Get a Second Opinion After the Check?
Absolutely! We encourage you to seek a second opinion if you have any doubts or concerns after your skin check. Your health and peace of mind are important, and getting a second perspective can provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of your skin’s health.
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