Prior to your initial skin check please look at your skin, scalp and private areas and note anything of particular concern that you may wish to mention to your doctor. Please do not wear any makeup, artificial tanner or hand or toe nail polish to your appointment. This is so your doctor has a clear and unobstructed view of your skin.
During a skin check Dr Norval will ask you to undress down to your undergarments. You will be asked to lie on the examination couch and all female patients will have a chaperone in the room (generally a Nurse or Medical Administration Assistant). You will be covered with a sheet and during the skin check will be checked using a variety of instruments such as a Dermlite or Molemate which magnifies and illuminates the skin. Any lesions needing further detailed examination will be checked with a dermatoscope, which allows Dr Norval to see the patterns within the spot with a remarkable amount of detail. If you know there is a mole that Dr Norval has not seen (perhaps under the underwear) you should let him know so they can examine this also.
Any lesion which appears to be suspicious will be noted. Dr Norval will also obtain your request for for a biopsy (where a small part of the lesion is removed and sent for pathological examination), once Pathology indicates that Skin Cancer has been detected we will contact you for a recall appointment for an excision (where the lesion is completely removed).