Winter is a good time to get your skin checked professionally, as moles and skin lesions (potential skin cancers) tend to show less of the normal signs of sun exposure, which makes the job of identifying any suspicious lesions easier.
Did you know?
- 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
- More than 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year.
- Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancers account for about 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year in Australia.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the skin. The three main types of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma – begin in particular cells of the epidermis, which is the top, outer layer of the skin.
Read more at https://www.cancercouncil.com.au
Why it’s a good time to get your skin checked in Winter!
Skin cancer can develop at any time
Skin cancers can develop at any time so sun protection measures and skin checks should not be neglected during the cooler months. People need to be aware that skin lesions from sun damage during summer months won’t be obvious straight away. It may take months or years for the damage to develop into a skin cancer.
Less likely to notice changes
In summer when we’re exposing more skin, we’re more likely to notice a potential skin cancer – or for friends or family members to point it out. Conversely, when we’re covered up during winter months, we’re less likely to notice any moles changing in size or colour – or the appearance of any new moles.
So winter is a good time to actively check your skin yourself and book yourself in for a comprehensive skin check-up with your GP.
Sooner the better
The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.
Whatever the season, don’t forget to slip, slop, slap.
At any time of the year, if you notice a spot on the skin that looks different from the others or is changing, bleeding or itchy, please see your GP.
It is also recommended to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.
Visit your GP today and get your skin checked today.