Living in a tropical climate, one is continuously exposed to the sun and its harmful effects. Skin cancers arise from sun damaged skin or changing moles. It is important to have a total body examination performed by an experienced dermatologist to detect early changes in both the skin and moles. If you experience any symptoms or signs such as persistent scaly patches or growths on the skin or changes in the shape, colour, size or bleeding of moles, please see your dermatologist as soon as possible. It is important to perform these mole checks annually.