Skin Checks

Unfortunately skin cancer is a very common condition amongst Australians.

As it is highly visible, skin cancer is generally detectable at an early stage. This, followed by prompt treatment, leads to a greater chance of cure. Early detection is particularly important for malignant melanoma.

For the best possible chance of a cure, Skin cancer must be diagnosed early. If you have an at-risk type skin (fair-skinned, freckles, a large number of moles) or have a history of skin cancer regular skin checks are imperative.

Pre-cancerous lesions such as sun spots can also be diagnosed and managed during a skin check.

Skin Cancer can be prevented. Remember:

  • Reduce exposure to sunlight between 10am and 2pm (11am to 3pm during daylight saving).
  • Slip on clothes that cover arms and legs
  • Wear a broad brimmed hat that gives shadow for face, neck and ears.
  • Slop on broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours
  • Wear close fitting sunglasses.
  • Seek shade whenever possible.
  • Avoid suntanning, using a solarium or getting sunburnt.

Most importantly, check your skin regularly for any new or unusual spots.