Dermatology refers to the medical science that deals with the care and treatment of skin, hair, and nails. A general practice dermatologist, a licensed doctor, is trained to treat skin, nail, and hair diseases and skin cancers. 

Dermatologists in Melbourne diagnoses and treats conditions that affect your hair, skin, and nails. They also treat conditions that affect mucous membranes, or the delicate tissue that lines your nose, mouth, and eyelids.

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Do I need to visit a dermatologist?

People at high risk for skin cancer should consider visiting a dermatologist at least once a year and more frequently if any changes in the skin are observed.

Who is considered high-risk for skin cancer?

Anyone who has been overexposed to the sun (sunburned) particularly in childhood is at an increased risk for skin cancer. Individuals with fair skin, light-colored hair (blonde or red), blue or green eyes, or a family history of skin cancer are also considered at a higher risk than others. 

I fit one or some of the high-risk factors, now what?

It is important to schedule a visit with a dermatologist to get a baseline of your skin's health and to let the dermatologist evaluate any moles, spots, lesions, or skin growths. 

It is important to allow an expert to give you a full-body skin check to determine if you have any questionable or concerning areas that require a further look.